The Nets concluded the preseason the same way they started it, with a win. The Nets were victorious today by a score of 113-89 in a game where the offense clicked on all levels. The Nets showed flashes of what Nets fans expect of the team this upcoming season. And the stars shined in today’s contest, especially Kevin Durant.
Harris, Durant Shine for Nets
The Nets were firmly in the driver seat from the tip, taking an early lead and never looking back. Joe Harris got the Nets going early, hitting four of his first five three’s attempted. Harris would finish the game with 14 points, five rebounds, one assist, a steal, and a block. Harris will undoubtedly be a key contributor in the Brooklyn offense this season. Due to the plethora of scoring options the Nets have, Harris could see an increase of open looks from deep from years past.
While Harris shined in the first, Kevin Durant came to play in his second preseason game since returning from his Achilles injury. Durant recorded 14 first-half points with a 71.2 FG% in the first. Durant would continue to score in the second half, recording 11 points in just 12 minutes of action. Durant would finish the contest with 25 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and three blocks. If this is the Durant the Nets get this season, it could mean trouble for the rest of the East.
Backcourt Comes up Big
The Backcourt also showed flashes of what’s to come this season. Nets point guard Kyrie Irving once again showed that he is still one of the best guards the league offers. Irving got off to a fast start in the first half. Irving recorded 15 points on 40% shooting from the field. Irving would also record four rebounds and five assists in the first half alone. Irving would finish the contest with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block.
Caris LeVert also had an impressive game today. Missing last week’s contest against the Pistons didn’t seem to affect LeVert, as he came out firing on all cylinders to prove he is the third star that the Nets are looking for. LeVert had a very impressive outing tonight. Recording 18 points with two rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Onto the Games that Count
This is one of the most anticipated seasons in Nets franchise history. The time for contention is now. The Nets will open their season this Tuesday night when Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors come to Brooklyn. That game will be live on national TV on December 22nd.