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Final Score: Nets defeat 76ers, 99-88, as Mason Plumlee goes for 20 and 17

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Final score: Nets 99, 76ers 88.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

BROOKLYN -- The Brooklyn Nets have to be facing one of the toughest preseason schedules in a long time. Just days after returning from a trip to China, the Nets played two games in two nights, and a third to be played  Wednesday. On Monday, the second day of the back to back, Brooklyn was up against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. They would be without Brook Lopez (foot), Kevin Garnett (stomach virus), and Markel Brown (stomach virus).

It wasn't pretty, but the Nets got it done. They went onto win their fourth preseason game over the 76ers, 99-88. Mason Plumlee led the way with 20 points and 17 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting. Plumlee put up a good stat-line despite shooting 4-12 from the free throw line. Along with Plumlee, Alan Anderson and Deron Williams finished with 13 points apiece. After a big scoring night from Jack, the veteran backup point guard, finished with eight points and added seven assists in 25 minutes of action.  Sergey Karasev had a good line in limited minutes, seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, three rebounds and two steals in 17 minutes.

On a negative note, Mirza Teletovic's Sunday night struggles carried over into Monday. The Nets sharp-shooter finished with nine points and nine rebounds, but shot 3-14 from the field. Also, Bojan Bogdanovic continued his shooting slump. He is now 1-of-13 from deep over last three games. He finished with four points on 1-of-5 shooting overall, 0-of-3 from three-point range.

Following the game, Lionel Hollins recognized Plumlee's aggressive performance.

"This is a league of up and downs, he had ten rebounds at halftime, he was doing a nice job in the second half, he was getting to the basket, and finishing without them fouling. That was the best thing he could do and he wound up just having a big game. And that's what we need from him every night. That is the expectation for him. Not to get 17 points, not to get 20, but to go out and be aggressive."

Quarter by quarter summary:

Despite the 76ers being heavily undermanned, the Nets were unable to take full advantage to start the game off. They went just 6-12 from the line, and committed seven turnovers which generated 10 points for the Sixers. Still, the offense was working. They shot 57% from three, and an overall 56% from the field. The hot offense generated 30 points, and led 30-25 after the first quarter.

A big part of the preseason is getting back into the swing of things, along with regaining confidence in time for the regular season. Mirza Teletovic has tried to do so, but it seems the fatigue has gotten the best of him. Sunday night, he shot just 1-9 from the field. In this one, he shot 1-9 within the first half, and was taken out early in the half because of foul trouble.

Following the 30 point barrage in the first quarter, the pace slowed up a bit. The Nets held the Sixers to 17 points in the quarter, but scored just 19 themselves. Mason Plumlee was the standout player of the opening half, scoring eight points and grabbing 10 rebounds. It's crucial that Plumlee and the other big men on the Nets stay aggressive on the boards, especially after a horrid performance on the glass Sunday night. They were up in that category, 24-23, despite the Nets being without Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez.

Still, it was the Nets defense that deserved the credit.. or just poor shooting from the 76ers. The Nets forced 13 turnovers, grabbed 10 steals and held the Sixers to an appalling 13% from beyond the arc.

Score at the half: Nets 49, 76ers 42.

Similar to Sunday night's game, the Nets' quality of play diminished as the game grew older. It seemed like fatigue definitely played a factor, but 21 turnovers and 17 missed free throws is inexcusable through three quarters. They matched their second quarter total of 19 points, and found their seven-point first half lead diminish to one. They led 68-67 heading into the fourth, with Deron Williams leading all scorers with 13 points.

The Nets started to take control in the fourth. At the five minute mark their lead was up to nine, and they had already scored more points in seven minutes, more than both the totals of the second and third quarter. They finished the quarter having outscored the Sixers, 31-21, their best offensive outburst of the game. They committed 21 turnovers through three quarters, but limited that number to zero in the fourth. And of course, a refreshing sign for the Nets brass: they out-rebounded the 76ers 52-44, one night after getting killed on the boards.

Mason Plumlee was the anchor to it all. Plumlee shot an abysmal 4-12 from the free throw line, but finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting.

Final score: Nets 99, 76ers 88.

The Nets will travel to Boston this Wednesday to face the Celtics again, 7:30pm. After the game, Hollins was asked what he hoped for.

For more on the Philadelphia 76ers, check them out at Liberty Ballers.