Another day, another win for the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets destroyed the Orlando Magic 129-92 and have now accumulated their longest winning streak since the 2005-06 season. That 2006 Nets team ended up tying the franchise record for consecutive wins with 14.
A Slow Start From the Nets Suddenly Disappears
Although the score ended up being a blowout, it wasn’t a great start for Brooklyn. The Nets were getting demolished early, as per usual, by Nikola Vucevic. He seems to always be having his best performances against the Nets. During the first quarter, the Nets were down 28-18 to a Magic team with one of the worst offenses in the league. Brooklyn looked a step slow with no defensive intensity.
Then once the second quarter hit, the whole game changed in the Nets’ favor. They outscored Orlando 41-19 to close out the first half and the game was pretty much over by that point. From the second quarter to the end of the game the Nets absolutely pummeled the Magic 105-64. The second half wasn’t even close. Brooklyn finished the game shooting over 53% from the field and 44% from three.
However, as stated before, Nikola Vucevic continued to give the Nets fits. He was near perfect from the field during the first half and he shockingly only finished with 28 points. He definitely deserves that All-Star spot.
The Nets’ Depth Was Shown Tonight
The Brooklyn Nets got some great performances from their bench tonight. Landry Shamet drilled 5 treys tonight as he continues to break out from his shooting slump. The Nets shooting has been absolutely insane this season as they have another game with 20 or more threes.
Brooklyn’s defense also stood out tonight. Nicolas Claxton looked great in his second game of the season and his defensive presence was noticed. Claxton collected 4 out of the 11 steals the Nets picked up tonight and he even had 2 blocks. If he continues to have games like this on the defensive end, Brooklyn may not even need an upgrade at center. Claxton can definitely become that backup center.
Upcoming Game for the Nets
The Nets will have Friday off, but will be right back at it on Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks. The game will be broadcasted in primetime at 8:30 PM EST on ABC. It is still unclear whether Kevin Durant will play or not.
Performances of Note:
Kyrie Irving – 27 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 11-18 FG, 4-5 FT, 30 minutes
James Harden – 20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 7-16 FG, 5-10 3PT, 33 minutes
Landry Shamet – 19 points, 9 rebounds, 7-12 FG, 5-9 3PT, 29 minutes
Joe Harris – 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 5-7 FG, 4-6 3PT, 25 minutes
Bruce Brown – 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 6-9 FG, 26 minutes
Nicolas Claxton – 10 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4-7 FG, 15 minutes
Nikola Vucevic – 28 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 12-23 FG, 3-7 3PT, 32 minutes
James Ennis – 15 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 5-5 FG, 2-2 3PT, 16 minutes