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Anderson: The bench is “loaded”

The Nets’ bench scored 48 of Brooklyn’s 108 points on Friday night, and Alan Anderson thinks it’s just the tip of the iceberg for the second unit.

Anderson, who led the bench with 13 points (6-of-10 shooting), told Sarah Kustok the bench’s goal is to be set whenever Jason Kidd calls their number, and it’s that group mentality that has led to their success.

“We’re so loaded that we need to be ready any given moment, because you never know when your time is,” Anderson told Kustok after the game. “You never know who’s going to be the leading scorer, but as long as you play with energy, it really doesn’t matter as long as we win.”

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The bench really pushed the Nets over the finish line on Friday. Paul Pierce exploded early, but Brooklyn let the Cavs hang around for longer than they should have. Marcus Thornton’s return made a huge difference — he and Andray Blatche had 10 each — and it showed how dangerous the Nets’ depth makes them come playoff time.

Anderson had his best game in a while, and that’s big. If Brooklyn keeps up this mentality — all in for one goal — and they can keep getting mid-to-long range shot contribution from Anderson, Thornton, and Mirza Teletovic, it gives them a dangerous collection of options to provide that spark off the bench that is so important come playoff time.