It was a shootout between the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks, with Brooklyn ultimately coming out victorious. The two teams combined for 37 made threes, which was one behind the all-time NBA record. The score was very close for the majority of the game, with Atlanta having a slight edge, but the Nets ultimately prevailed. The 145-141 victory for the Nets is the second-highest regular-season score in franchise history.
Kevin Durant carried the Nets for the majority of the game and ended up finishing only 2 assists shy of a triple-double. Kyrie Irving struggled mightily in the first half-half of this game, going 1-10 from the field. He stepped up big in the fourth quarter though, scoring 17 points and putting the team on his back. The Nets would probably not win this game if Irving didn’t come up clutch. Having two of the best closers in NBA history will be such a luxury for the Nets going forward.
Nets Bench Comes Up Big
A big reason why the Nets were able to stay in this game was because of their bench. Taurean Prince and Landry Shamet who have really struggled lately were perfect from the field in this game. They combined for 26 points on 10-10 shooting (four for four from three). Jarrett Allen also had his first double-double of the season off the bench, continuing to show why he should be the starting center for this team. Hopefully Steve Nash realizes that a switch should be made between Allen and DeAndre Jordan.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot got his first start of the season, which will most-likely be the move going forward. Joe Harris made his 600th career three-pointer with the Nets during the game, as he connected on 6 triples throughout the contest. He also continues to move up on the Nets’ all-time three-pointers-made list, currently being fourth behind Vince Carter.
Sketchy Looking Defense
While a win is a win for the Nets, their defense struggled immensely in this game. Brooklyn came into this game with the number one ranked defense in the league, which will surely be going down after this game. On the flip side, Atlanta did have the best-ranked offense in the league, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for giving up 141 points. Four Hawks players scored 20+ points and the team combined for 35 free throws. These are numbers that should never happen to a team looking to win a championship. In the next team practice, hopefully, defensive intensity becomes a focal point.
Upcoming Game for the Nets
The Brooklyn Nets improved to 3-2 on the season in their final game of 2020. It’s hard to believe that this year is almost over. The Nets have looked incredible during this young season so far, which should give you a lot of hope as the calendar flips to 2021.
The Nets will have off tomorrow but will be right back at it against the Hawks on New Year’s Day. The game on Friday will again be in Brooklyn with the game starting at 7:30 PM EST. You can catch the game as always on YES Network.
Performances of Note:
Kevin Durant – 33 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 11-22 FG, 2-6 3PT, 9-9 FT, 35 minutes
Kyrie Irving – 25 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, 10-27 FG, 3-11 3PT, 34 minutes
Joe Harris – 23 points, 8-11 FG, 6-8 3PT, 31 minutes
Jarrett Allen – 15 points, 13 rebounds, 6-7 FG, 3-5 FT, 24 minutes
Taurean Prince – 12 points, 3 rebounds, 5-5 FG, 2-2 3PT, 19 minutes
Landry Shamet – 14 points, 5-5 FG, 2-2 3PT, 17 minutes
Caris LeVert – 10 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 4-13 FG, 2-6 3PT, 24 minutes
Trae Young – 30 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds, 8-18 FG, 14-16 FT, 32 minutes
John Collins – 30 points, 10 rebounds, 12-20 FG, 2-5 3PT, 4-5 FT, 31 minutes
Bogdan Bogdanovic – 22 points, 4 rebounds, 7-14 FG, 6-11 3PT, 29 minutes
Cam Reddish – 20 points, 3 rebounds, 5-11 FG, 2-7 3PT, 8-10 FT, 32 minutes
De’Andre Hunter – 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 4-13 FG, 3-9 3PT, 33 minutes
Clint Capela – 7 points, 12 rebounds, 3-7 FG, 20 minutes