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Final Score: Nets 88, Heat 87

Need to Know: Mason Plumlee blocked LeBron James’ attempted dunk at the buzzer to secure the Nets 88-87 victory. Read the full recap and box score at SNY.tv

After leading 26-14 in the first, the Nets were outscored in both the second and third before edging out the Heat in the final quarter 26-22.

Joe Johnson paved the way for the Nets with 19 points during 33:03 on the court. Marcus Thornton was second on the team with 16 points off the bench.

Brooklyn shot 52.9 percent from the field during the game and is now 19-1 when it shoots 50 percent or better. 


What’s Next: Brooklyn will return to the court on Wednesday when it travels to Orlando to take on the Magic at 7:00 p.m.




6 comments
metjetnet
metjetnet

I doubt if he would have the year-long buzz needed for it, but shouldn't Mason at least be in any serious conversation for ROY? 

He clearly had talent coming out of Duke, but having the talent & wisdom of KG, Lopez, Pierce & Blatche around him to teach him -- and then to have them all go down at some point, forcing MP to start, taking all that he'd learned & put it to good use in major minutes -- is a very unique scenario for him to land in. He's fully held his own & prospered in the various major roles he's been forced into. Many rooks have been forced to play major NBA minutes, but usually on rotten teams without that kind of tutelage around him -- those rookie starters are usually pressured with being a savior, turning a lousy team around single-handedly. Not many are brought in with the expectation to blend, start, contribute greatly & excel on a championship caliber team.

metjetnet
metjetnet

@Michael Frias @metjetnetMost likely, I would agree with that, as he's had all the press this year. He's carried the Sixers all year. Without him, this putrid team might have set records for futility. They could have the worst record in the league if he wasn't there to lead them. Who knows? They might have threatened all-time losing streak records... Oh, wait!

In actuality, making MCW the ROY would merely be the NBA & the press saying, "Get this kid out of Philly before they destroy his game or he jumps off a bridge!!"

Brian Erni
Brian Erni moderator

@Michael Frias @metjetnet  I would tend to agree. I think you can definitely make a case for Plumlee, a very sound one, too. But MCW probably gets the nod. I'd be shocked if he doesn't make the All Rookie team though.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@metjetnet @Michael Frias Well, ROY and MVP are two different things.  You can be the best rookie on a team than wins 15 games.


Plum will definitely be on the All Rookie team.  The only big man that he's competing with is his brother.

metjetnet
metjetnet

@Brian Erni @Michael Frias@metjetnetYeah, I don't think he gets it either, but having him in the top 3-5 when the hype starts up makes sense to me. Definitely All-Rookie Team. The Block sealed that one, I think.