NEW ORLEANS — Jarrett Allen had one of the best games of his NBA career Tuesday. A day later, he not only will enjoy a homecoming, but will have his number retired at his Texas high school.
Allen had 12 points, 14 rebounds and matched a career-high six blocked shots to lead the Nets to a come-from-behind 108-101 overtime win over the Pelicans. The Nets play Thursday at San Antonio, roughly an hour-and-a-half from his Austin home.
“My plan for my day is spend some time with my family. Not everybody gets an opportunity during the season to go home,” Allen said. “Then after that go straight to the high school and say hi to all my old teachers, the coach, my old friends.”
Allen played at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School for his last three high-school seasons and went on to win two SPC championships. The McDonald’s All-American — who stayed locally to play at Texas — will have his jersey retired in a ceremony Wednesday.
“It means a lot,” Allen said. “When I was there I didn’t even think that this was going to be a possibility. But now I’m grateful for them. I owe them a lot more than just having my jersey up there.”
The quiet Allen will have to come out of his comfort zone to give an acceptance speech.
“I’m going to give a little bit of a thank you,” said Allen. “I’m not much of a speech guy, but you’ve got to say thank you.”
Garrett Temple had a homecoming of his own. He was a legacy player at LSU, where his father was the first black player on the basketball team.
Kenny Atkinson praised the defense, physicality and energy David Nwaba has provided, but noted the defensive-minded wing has also been confident shooting the ball.
Nwaba added 12 points off the bench Tuesday, shooting 5-for-7.
After giving up 40 points to Brandon Ingram in their meeting in Brooklyn, the Nets held him to 22 on 7 of 23 shooting. Much of that defense was from Taurean Prince, who shoot horribly himself, scoring three points on 1-of-9 from the floor.