The Brooklyn Nets eked out an 82-74 victory against the Orlando Magic, in a game that should never have been that close. After nearly giving it away in the second half, the Nets got offense when they lacked it and got just enough stops to plug Orlando's well. Here's your Net Worth.
Really good all-around game from D-Will -- scored, dished, probed the lane, grabbed some sneaky rebounds, and hit a killer jumper with under two minutes left to put the Nets up 7.
Shot poorly (though he hit a three-pointer with six minutes left to push the lead into double digits, and hit two game-ending free throws), generally couldn't find a role in the offense, didn't really affect the game off the ball, and still had a team high +/-. Basketball!
Beautiful board-grabbing by Humphries, and notched another double-double. Almost threw down a dunk in the fourth quarter that would've combusted The Black House. 21 rebounds don't lie. 14 points don't hurt.
Odd, though not unexpected, showing from Lopez. Scored really well particularly on hook shots and jumpers and led the team in scoring, but turned the ball over seven times and got abused defensively on switches and in the post. Picked up three assists, the most he's had since April of 2011, but they all came in the first quarter. (To be fair, he should've had one in the fourth on a beautiful dump-down to Kris Humphries, but an offensive foul call that I wasn't so sure about screwed that up.)
His rebounding prowess salvaged him, but boy did he throw up some ugly shots. He gets abusive tunnel vision and has trouble adjusting. It was evident tonight.
Hope Crash is healthy soon.
Reggie don't hit free throws, but that's okay, because Reggie Evans grabs rebounds all day. This is the Reggie Evans song.
STACK BACK. I REFUSE TO BE RATIONAL ABOUT JERRY STACKHOUSE. JERRY STACKHOUSE IS OCEANIC AGE OLD AND NAILING THREES. JERRY STACKHOUSE LED THE BROOKLYN NETS IN PLUS-MINUS BECAUSE STATISTICS COWER TO JERRY STACKHOUSE. UNC JERRY STACKHOUSE BEGS TO POST UP DUKE JJ REDICK BECAUSE JERRY STACKHOUSE DON'T CARE NOTHIN' 'BOUT NOBODY. JERRY STACKHOUSE PLAYED FIFTEEN MINUTES IN A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL GAME IN 2012. TRUCK ON, JERRY STACKHOUSE.
It's an old adage of basketball that it's not the five that starts the game that matters, it's the five that ends it. The Nets needed to "end" this one, and Keith Bogans wasn't on the floor. C.J. Watson was. He struggled a bit in the second half, but he scored six points in about one second and stole two inbounds passes from Orlando. That enough is a good game from your backup point guard.