Brooklyn Blows Out Thunder: Nets Win 110-93

Posted on: January 2nd, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Maybe he just needs to play Oklahoma City all the time. Just looked different tonight: he pushed the pace when it suited the offense, hit open jumpers, forced turnovers, distributed as well as he's done all season, played solid on-ball defense on Russell Westbrook (even though Westbrook hit tough shots)... He didn't have an undeniably explosive game statistically, but he absolutely looked like a better player than we've seen all year.

All in all one of Williams' best all-around games this season. HE'S ALIVE! HE'S ALIIIIVE!


Enormous game -- perhaps his best all season. Started the game on fire, hitting a three-pointer, a floater, another three-pointer off an offensive rebound, and two more shots in the lane -- in the first quarter. Johnson finished with 20 points in the first half, lofting corner threes effortlessly. Had a much quieter third quarter , but came out with some Iso Joe's that worked in the fourth and gave this team a huge boost after the Thunder tied the game at 85.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Quiet game from Wallace -- the most impressionable memory he left was airballing an early 3 and then stealing the outlet pass to regain possession. Update: As commenter saintvitusdance astutely points out, Wallace did in fact draw the foul on Durant that led to Durant's ejection. Though Durant did have a classically Durant-like game, many of his points came on switches when Wallace wasn't guarding him. So I gave him a morning-after letter up despite his offensive no-show.

Kris Humphries POWER FORWARD

Thought he had a game worthy of a starter off the bench -- wasn't perfect, but filled his role well, hit some shots inside, and made good on a pick-and-pop. Had some frightful moments in what always seems to be a frightful Nets third quarter, including back-to-back careless possessions to end the third. But got crunch time minutes over Reggie Evans, deservedly so.

Brook Lopez CENTER


Other than that slamajamdamn, Lopez took a lot of jumpers tonight, which would be a problem if he didn't make most of them. Took over for a brief stretch in the fourth quarter on back-to-back possessions with a slick scoop shot and an and-one on just a tough look in the lane. Yes, he only had five rebounds, but he also had 25 big points. Can't knock the hustle.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Hit a ridiculous "no way he called bank" floater to end the first half. Later faded away on a post-up move when he could've pounded Durant inside. Finished with double figures, though, so: wheeeeeee!


When he hits those corner 3's the space on the floor opens up for Brooklyn. When he airballs them? Not so much.

Tyshawn Taylor POINT GUARD

God a few minutes of playing time because of C.J. Watson's injury but didn't do much of anything with them.


  1. avatar Max Weisberg says:

    Deron Williams first A of the year?

  2. avatar saintvitusdance says:

    Devin’s grades are always too stat-driven. No stats for guarding the best player in the world (maybe the five turnovers?). No stats for selling the foul that got him ejected for the first time ever. Gerald Wallace: A-

    1. avatar Devin Kharpertian says:

      Yeah, I probably should’ve given him more credit, though it’s more Durant’s fault that Durant got ejected (when the game was already out of reach, no less).

    2. avatar Devin Kharpertian says:

      Oh — I also thought I gave Wallace a B-. OOPS. Screw it, I’ll bump him up.

  3. avatar CobbleHeightsMicrowave says:

    So, after watching fewer games than I’d like, but enough to feel confident about posing this question; is MarShon really not worth at least half of the combined 27 minutes that Bogans and Taylor shared last night?
    I know he had issues with Avery and PJ is even more of a ballbuster, but Brooks can be electric and I just don’t see how he’d be an upgrade over Bogans… well, there is that whole “defense” thing, but still, 12 minutes a game for his scoring?
    What’s the deal?