Prince, Nets torch Sesi/Franca in exhibition
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 05, 2019 01:15 PM
Brooklyn Nets guard Dzanan Musa, left, and guard Kyrie Irving, center, greet forward Taurean Prince (2) as he comes into the bench during a timeout in the first half of an exhibition NBA basketball game against the Sesi/Franca Basketball Club, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
By The Associated Press
Taurean Prince made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points in his first game for the Nets, who opened their preseason by pulling away from their Brazilian opponents Sesi/Franca, 137-89.
Prince, acquired last spring in a trade with Atlanta that helped clear enough salary cap space to afford two top players, shot 8-for-10 from the field while starting at forward. David Nwaba, another newcomer, added 18 points.
The Nets showed off their new floor and locker room at Barclays Center but will have to wait to debut the real reasons for their excitement this season. Kyrie Irving sat out after sustaining a facial fracture shortly before the beginning of training camp. Kevin Durant is expected to miss the season while he recovers from surgery to repair his Achilles tendon.
There's still plenty of firepower for the Nets, who play their next two exhibition games in China against the Los Angeles Lakers. Dzanan Musa also scored 18 points and Caris LeVert had 13 points and nine assists.
Rafael Hettsheimeir made his first eight three-pointers and finished with 26 points for Franca. David Jackson added 18.
Coach Helio Ruben-Garcia played in the game the first time a Brazilian team faced an NBA club, in the 1999 McDonald's Open in Milan, Italy against the San Antonio Spurs.