The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Miami Heat for the second consecutive game. this time winning by a score of 98-85. This game saw both teams struggle mightily to score, with the game being close for the majority of the contest. Neither team scored more than 80 points with about 6 minutes left, but the Nets’ offense woke up late, finally sealing the game. In particular it was nice to see the Nets play some good defense, as they haven’t held a team to under 100 points in 11 games. 85 points allowed to the Heat was a season best for the Nets.
Nets Tough Game Offensively
As stated before, both teams really struggled offensively in this game. The Nets shot 40% from the field on an abysmal 28.9% from three. The Heat were no better as they shot 36.9% from the field on 25.6% from three. The Nets at one point were 1-15 from three. The point is the offense was really bad for the majority of the game. The only good offensive stretch a team had was when the Nets went on a 15-0 run to close out the game.
Kevin Durant in particular had a real tough game. He was still able to put up a respectable 20 points, but 6-21 shooting just isn’t the Durant we know. Kyrie Irving didn’t have that great of a game either, but James Harden‘s offensive outburst late was all it took to put the game out of reach. Harden alone scored 10 points in the final 6 minutes.
Nets may not have won this game if Harden didn’t decide to be aggressive late, which is something he needs to realize. Harden over the last two games has only gotten up a total of 18 shot attempts, which is something that isn’t normal for him. While we appreciate him trying to be more of a team player, it is quite obvious he needs to be more aggressive. Hopefully, this game leads him to the pathway where he realizes he needs to take more shots in a game.
Solid Defensive Effort for the Nets
It is no secret that the Nets have really struggled defensively lately. They came into this game as the 27th ranked defense in the league, which just isn’t going to cut it. Now it could just be that they played a depleted Miami Heat team, but the overall defensive outcome was tremendous in this game.
The Nets defensive effort, in particular, was superb, which is very restoring to see. Lately, we have seen the Nets really lack effort when it comes to contesting shots, but this game shows how big of a difference something so small can be. Simply just contesting shots and boxing out for rebounds can change the overall outcome of a game. The Nets still desperately need another center though, but it was very encouraging to see Brooklyn at least try to defend the Heat during this game. Let’s hope they can keep it up going forward.
Upcoming Game for the Nets
Brooklyn will be off tomorrow as they prepare for an upcoming three-game road trip. On Wednesday they’ll head down to Atlanta to face the Hawks. The game will start at 7:30 PM EST and of course, will be broadcasted on YES Network.
Performances of Note
James Harden – 20 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 7-10 FG, 3-5 3PT, 3-5 FT, 34 minutes
Kevin Durant – 20 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, 6-21 FG, 3-12 3PT, 5-6 FT, 38 minutes
Kyrie Irving – 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 6-17 FG, 1-4 3PT, 3-3 FT, 40 minutes
Joe Harris – 12 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 4-9 FG, 3-8 3PT, 36 minutes
DeAndre Jordan – 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5-7 FG, 20 minutes
Bam Adebayo – 26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 10-19 FG, 1-1 3PT, 5-6 FT, 35 minutes
Goran Dragic – 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 7-13 FG, 6-9 3PT, 1-4 FT, 33 minutes