Summer League Recap: Nets 101, Pacers 81
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By Dan Savage
July 5, 2014
ORLANDO -- If the first day of the 2014 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League is any indication, Mason Plumlee’s strong finish to his rookie campaign was no fluke.
Plumlee erupted for a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and three steals as the Brooklyn Nets rolled past the Indiana Pacers, 101-81, on Saturday.
The NBA All-Rookie First Team member was extremely efficient from the floor, going 8-for-11 from field goal range, continuing to build on a season in which he led all rookies in shooting (65.9%).
“All week I’ve been looking to score, but letting it come to me, not trying to force anything,” he said. “Let the game come to me and try to be aggressive in my spots.”
Plumlee looked dominant in stretches, on both ends, consistently turning turnovers into easy baskets and free throw opportunities.
After a drama-filled week, which involved allowing former Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd to depart for Milwaukee in exchange for two second round draft picks (2015 & 2019) and agreeing in principle with Lionel Hollins to become the squad’s new head coach, the Nets were just happy to get back on the court and focus on basketball.
“It’s just good to get out on the court,” Plumlee explained. “It’s weird, you don’t here about too many transitions like this, so it’s just good to get back out on the court and play.”
Plumlee received help from Marquis Teague, who tallied 14 points and six assists. Brooklyn's Donte Greene notched 13 points and seven rebounds and DaJuan Summers added 12 points and six boards.
Donald Sloan, who appeared in 48 games last season for Indiana, led the Pacers with 21 points.
Indiana State product Jake Odum made the most out of his opportunity, firing off 10 points for the Pacers.