But nothing similar to that was ever going to happen Sunday night what with the way Vucevic (19 points and 12 rebounds) and Andrew Nicholson (17 points and 11 rebounds) pounded the Nets on the inside and Afflalo (16 points and three 3-pointers) and Oladipo throttled Brooklyn’s all-star backcourt on the outside.

Oladipo said there was not one bit of fear or intimidation from his squad even though the Nets boast potential Hall of Famers in Garnett and Pierce and perennial all-stars in Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.

``You just go out there and play basketball. I’m competitive just like they are and I want to win it as bad as they do,’’ Oladipo said of Brooklyn’s all-star lineup. ``Eventually I want to be a potential Hall of Famer just like them. So for me to get that I have to go out there and play hard. We played well collectively.’’

Brook Lopez had 21 points for a Brooklyn team that lost in Kidd’s delayed debut as head coach. Paul Pierce added 16, but Kevin Garnett (eight points), Joe Johnson (two points) and Deron Williams (nine points) looked like they would have liked to have been elsewhere all night.



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