The Brooklyn Nets faced the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road late Friday night. Entering the game, this was the second and final time the Nets would face the Thunder this season, this time ending up in the win column. Despite not having Kevin Durant in this one, due to rest, the Nets ended up defeating the Thunder. Brooklyn’s monster win continued their winning streak, which now stands at four games. Throughout all four quarters, Brooklyn dominated with their team rebounding, elite ball movement, and high offensive scoring output from their two superstars, along with the rest of the starters and bench, respectively. The final score was 147-125.
From the get-go, Brooklyn let up an abundance of open 3-pointers for the Thunder. Although this was possibly the game plan formed by head coach Steve Nash, the Nets gave up too many open looks for the hot shooting Thunder. They also managed to get in early foul trouble, giving up too many free throws. However, as the game went on their defense slowly tightened up, especially inside the paint. The Nets’ offense became much more fluent and consistent. With passing lanes being interrupted, quick defensive switching, and smart double teams, the Nets got more of a flow offensively with their fastbreak opportunities and stellar passing, which led to open shots.
In the 1st half, the Nets could not miss a shot as the unbelievable talents in Kyrie Irving and James Harden led the way for their squad. The rest of the starters on Brooklyn’s side pitched in as guys like Bruce Brown, Deandre Jordan, and Joe Harris helped offensively and defensively. Problems arose mid-game as OKC went on small runs, however, their comeback efforts were quickly halted due to key timeouts called by coach Nash, which gave the Nets a burst of energy. The Nets’ hot shooting was ignited once again due to great coaching and an excellent team effort all around. Brooklyn then showed no signs of stopping once the 4th quarter hit.
Nets Bench Stepping it Up
With few hiccups in this game, besides the lackluster defense on the three-point line, the offense continued to thrive throughout the entire game. The Nets bench all did their part in securing this solid win. Landry Shamet, TLC (Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot), rookie Reggie Perry, and vet Jeff Green all chipped in. The “rook”, Perry earned himself a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds). The shooters Shamet and TLC were both off to great starts and combined for 7 efficient 3 pointers in total. The 2nd unit kept the pedal down as the Nets rolled past the Thunder. The bench’s impressive showings shined bright as they went on multiple runs, including a 31-7 Nets run, starting late in just the 1st quarter.
The Nets kept on making quick and intelligent plays as a team, leading to easier ways to score. They finally cruised past OKC. By the end of the night, 9 players ended up in double figures, and the Brooklyn Nets tied their 2nd most points in a game, ever (franchise record).
Upcoming Game for Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Nets’ next game will be against the struggling Washington Wizards (3-12) this Sunday. This next game will complete the Nets’ short stint away from home. The game will be broadcasted live on YES Network at 7:30 PM EST.
James Harden– 25 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 9/14 F in 32 minutes
Kyrie Irving– 25 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 10/16 FG in 33 minutes
Joe Harris– 20 points, 7/13 FG, 5/9 3PT in 33 minutes
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander– 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 7/10 FG in 31 minutes
Theo Maledon– 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 8/9 FG, 6/6 3PT in 33 minutes
Al Horford– 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4/6 3PT in 23 minutes