The Brooklyn Nets didn’t get at least 10 points from any of its starters, but it didn’t matter as Mason Plumlee and the rest of their bench stepped up to deliver a 93-81 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at the Barclays Center on Sunday night.
Deron Williams probably played the best of all of the starters with nine points and six assists, but he was easily overshadowed by Mason Plumlee’s 22 points and 13 rebounds. Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson both had 13 points and even though Jason Terry scored just one point, he had five assists and provided a big lift for Plumlee.
“They said, ‘they don’t guard the screen-and-roll well, so be ready to play,’” Plumlee said after the game.
The Nets decided this game primarily in the first half. They got thinkgs started off right as Joe Johnson scored eight and Kevin Garnett pitched in with six as the Nets led the Pelicans 29-14 after the first quarter. That, by the way, was the least amount of points allowed in the first and the biggest lead they’ve had all season after one.
The bench took over in the second quarter when Plumlee came alive to score 12 points on four assists from Terry. The Nets extended their lead to 23 points by halftime by holding the Pelicans to just 28 points in the first half.
Things got ugly in the third quarter as they tend to do for the Nets occasionally. The Nets were held to just 20 points while they allowed 32 in that frame. The biggest culprit was nine turnovers including three by Andray Blatche and two each from D-Will and KG.
Luckily, the Nets built up a big enough lead in the first half and played just well enough to outscore the Pelicans in the fourth quarter. No starters played in the fourth as it was their second consecutive game of ineptitude (they were awful on Friday night against the Pistons as well).