BROOOOK-LYNNNNN: Nets 86, Clippers 76

After an up-and-down start that left them down 7 at the half, the Nets clawed back into this one with a surprisingly effective third quarter and stifling defense in the fourth, taking control in the final few minutes. The Brooklyn Chant came together chillingly and perfectly, and the Nets rode Brook Lopez’s offense, Joe Johnson’s jumper, and Reggie Evans’s Reggieness to victory. Here’s your Net Worth:

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Not Williams’s best game, particularly shooting the ball (which has been an unfortunate early development), and had some confounding moments of clock management, but in a game like this, hard to complain too much.


Put together offense for the first time throughout a game in a Nets uniform. Didn’t do much else except score, but it was refreshing to see good, smart jumpers, floaters coming off backdowns, smart shots in and out of the lane.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Presence felt, as always, everywhere. Hit the ground, dove Has started to exhibit one negative tendency: gambling on steals and blocks that leave him out of position. A function of his style. To his credit, when he’s out of position, he doesn’t give up on the play.

Kris Humphries POWER FORWARD

Got a quick hook tonight, and the way Evans filled the role, not hard to understand. Quiet one. Evans earned his rotation spot tonight.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Scored in bunches, as he is wont to do. Finished an awful lot of dunks inside and got most of his offense in the paint, which is always refreshing. Hit some incredible shots in the fourth. Had another frustrating night on the glass, but when he scores like this, he almost makes up for it. Almost.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

There is no Nets experience more maddening, more akin to riding a sparking roller-coaster than watching Andray Blatche play basketball. He compounds moments of wizardry with a frustrating airheadedness.


What an unbelievable amount of energy from Reggie near the end. Impossible to understate how well he played down the stretch. He undoubtedly earned his spot on the floor at the end of the game, even above Humphries. Played with an inspired defensive ability and chased after boards as only Reggie can. Also: SHOT A THREE AND ALMOST MADE IT!


  1. Evans, Jj and Lopez won that game for us. Lopez was incredible in the 4th against a legit defensive minded center.

    Why Avery stopped going to JJ I will never know the man was scorching hot and they stopped giving him the ball.

    Evans is the guy that opponents hate to play against. Is it me or has he gotten Better offensively.

    Huge huge win for this team. They showed me a lot tonite. I truly thought this was going to be a loss.

    Cj is in a slump also right now. Lets see a little tyshawn.

  2. Sorry, but I think you guys just hate Humph. Kris had a very good game. Played great defense vs. Griffin.

    You rewatch the game and tell me what Humph did wrong.

    P.S. Wish Avery would stop sending Humph and/or Lopez out to the perimeter to momentarily double the ball handler. Really screws with the interior defense.

    1. As of today, the Nets are ranked 3rd in the NBA in terms of team defense (points allowed). Avery’s system is coming together nicely.

  3. WynnDuffy, you are so right. Hump and Lopez running out to double team on the perimeter allows the opposing guards to attack with no resistance. They run that same defensive play every game and not once that I’ve seen a positive impact.