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[sny-box]With all eyes on Anthony Davis, it was actually a young Nets center who stole the show tonight, as rookie Mason Plumlee had perhaps the best game of his career.
Plumlee had 14 of his career-high 22 points in the first half, along with a game-high 13 rebounds in 28 minutes for his second career double-double.
Mirza Teletovic also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, contributing despite an off shooting night, going 1-of-8 from behind the arc.
The Nets dominated early, holding the Pelicans to just 28 first-half points on 26.8% (11-of-41) shooting before the break, as Brooklyn led 51-28 at the half.
New Orleans battled back to cut the deficit to just nine points in the third quarter, but Brooklyn pulled away with a 22-point fourth quarter to seal the victory.[/sny-box]
It's hard not to be in awe of the pure talent of Anthony Davis. Just 20 years old, he reminds me of a more athletic Tim Duncan, and it almost feels like he's carrying this entire Pelicans team on his back. Davis had a game-high 24 points, nine rebounds, and a block, but he can't beat the Nets all by himself.
Brooklyn's second unit was outstanding tonight, as three bench players (Plumlee, Teletovic, and Alan Anderson) scored in double figures, despite no starters scoring in double figures. Plumlee, Teletovic, Anderson, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jason Terry all each had plus/minus ratings over +10 off the bench for the Nets tonight.
Even with a pretty quiet game from their starting unit tonight, the Nets' depth was just too much for New Orleans to handle, and other than their third-quarter run, the Pelicans were pretty much dominated in this game from start to finish. It was a nice bounce-back victory for the Nets after their embarrassing defeat in Detroit on Friday.
The Nets have a few days off now and will be back in action Wednesday night, when they host the Charlotte Bobcats at the Barclays Center. Tip off will be at 7:30 pm.