Jared Dudley has been a Renaissance man over the last two games, scoring 29 points and making big play after big play.
He saved his best for last on Tuesday, scoring 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and showing off his full old-man-at-the-park repertoire of offensive moves.
He blew by Josh Hart on a drive for a layup. He deked Lonzo Ball off the baseline to open a lane for another layup. And he stepped back for a key long jumper after the Lakers had closed to within three points in the final minute.
Dudley held his own against young Kyle Kuzma for three minutes or so while playing a ridiculously small 5 early in the fourth period, as well.
He’s found his role and is excelling at it. Just like you want a veteran to do.
Speaking of veterans playing their roles well, DeMarre Carroll had a solid night on Tuesday.
He knocked down three 3-pointers, got some key rebounds, surprised his defender with his burst off the bounce and played his usual solid game at the defensive end.
The 32-year-old Carroll doesn’t do a lot of flashy things, but he does a lot of the little things — moving the ball, hitting open shots, covering the glass.
Those are the things that separate good teams from bad ones and having veterans such as Dudley, Carroll and Ed Davis playing those roles so well behind younger starters gives the Nets a depth they haven’t had in quite some time.