Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com
The “Bench Mob” got back to its old ways in the Nets 97-77 win over the Orlando Magic, which completed the four-game sweep of the season series.
The Nets’ bench outscored the Magic bench 41-14, which proved to be an integral part of the victory.
The “Bench Mob” set the tone as soon as they entered the game late in the first quarter and early in the second quarter.
“The second group did a good job in the second quarter with half court stuff,” said Nets’ head coach P.J. Carlesimo said.
Keith Bogans had a huge fourth quarter and finished 4-of-7 from three-point range for 12 points. He also was effective in holding J.J. Redick to a poor night shooting (2-of-13 for five points).
“I’m just playing my game, nothing out of the ordinary, just taking my shots when they come,” Bogans said. “My teammates did a great job of finding me when I was open, and they just got me the ball in the right place.”
“Bogs (Bogans) bailed us out with his offense, but I thought the defense was still OK,” Carlesimo said.
But it wasn’t just Bogans who turned in a strong effort on the Nets’ second unit.
“I thought a number of them did a good job, Carlesimo said. “Hump (Kris Humphries) defensively and rebounding was very good. Bogs was excellent, not just the shots which were obvious, the three-point shots that broke the game open, but he and Gerald (Wallace) had to chase J.J. all night which is really difficult. MarShon (Brooks) I think played one of his most complete games. His defense was as good as it’s been.”
The Nets will need this depth as the schedule gets tougher this week. The Nets will host the Heat, Bulls and Lakers in the upcoming days.
As long as the “Bench Mob” players stick to their roles, the Nets will have a chance in each of these games.
“Defend first and shoot the ball second,” Bogans said. “I’m not out there to score the ball, but when it comes my way I’m definitely going to take my shot.”
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