After losing four of their last five games, the Nets had an absolutely fantastic showing against the Utah Jazz in a 130-96 win in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Nets shot 14-of-36 from deep and shot 52-of-93 for the game.
This was a must-have game for the struggling Brooklyn Nets who were coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Wizards where both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving missed shots late in the game to win it. They started off tonight’s game really well. The Nets outscored the Jazz 35-14 in the first quarter. Despite the blowout win things weren’t looking good for Brooklyn before the game even started.
Earlier today it was reported that Kevin Durant would be sidelined for tonight’s game vs Utah due to having COVID-19 and would have to quarantine for seven days. Kevin Durant will also miss the next three games against the 76ers, Grizzlies, and Hornets.
Steve Nash made defense the focal point of tonight’s game. Nash started Bruce Brown and Jarrett Allen for the first time this season. The Nets held the Jazz to 38.8% shooting tonight. Jarrett Allen held all-star Rudy Gobert to three-of-10 shooting and added two blocks and three steals. The Jazz only scored 14 points in the first quarter and just couldn’t gain any momentum throughout the game. Despite Donovan Mitchell’s 31 point outing, only three other Jazz teammates scored double digits. It has to be obvious now, Jarrett Allen needs to be the starter for this team. Allen scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds on the best interior defender in the league in Gobert.
Kyrie Irving’s Efficient Start
With Kevin Durant out, Kyrie Irving definitely stepped up as the number one scoring option. Kyrie Irving had 18 points on 7-7 shooting in the first quarter against the Jazz. Utah simply had no answer the entire game for Kyrie Irving tonight who scored a total of 29 points in Brooklyn’s win. Kyrie also dished out five assists and made some great connections with Jarrett Allen. Irving is averaging 26 points per game and is eighth in the league in scoring. Outside of Kyrie, four Nets players scored double digits including LeVert who ended a really bad shooting slump. Caris LeVert had 24 points on nine-of-18 shooting. The Nets play Joel Embiid and the 76ers next to wrap up their homestand.