To date Oakland hadn't faced a player of Nelson's caliber, and it showed as the big 212 pound combo guard dominated from start to finish, pacing his team to a 47-28 halftime advantage and then a 76-38 lead after three quarters in a game that was a laugher early on.
For his part Nelson scored 23 of his 41 in the first half on 10-of-12 shooting despite Oakland sending a number of prospective defenders at him. None were successful as Nelson threw down follow ups, posted up smaller opponents, drained long perimeter shots, and of course posterized the Oakland defense routinely.
Some of Nelson's highlights included one of his alley-oops which saw a pass seemingly destined for the first few rows out of bounds behind the basket before Nelson took off from outside the lane to catch and throw down one of the better dunks this season, bringing the crowd to their feet. Later came the windmill which saw the 6-foot-3 Nelson take off just inside the dots of the lane and saw the ball go waist low and then nearly 10 inches high before being finished and sending the crowd into a frenzy.
"We wanted to send a clear message," said Nelson. "We're the team you have to go through in Northern California."
As the TDD correspondent put it: "There were some who were debating who was the top guard prospect in California, including a couple of west coast gurus. After tonight we see there is simply no comparison. DeMarcus Nelson was a man among boys."
Quentin Thomas finished with nine points.