Nets 112, Nuggets 89: Altitude Sickness (GAME GRADES)


The Brooklyn Nets CENTER

The Nets came to work today after their embarrassment in Portland Wednesday. The effort was there, particularly on the defensive end, and Brooklyn secured a much-needed win on the second half of a back-to-back.

It was their first win in Denver since Jan. 2007.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

He didn’t have to play much, but he ran the break a couple of times and made some pinpoint passes. He was a +31 in his 26 minutes.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Sliced and diced his way to 8 points and 8 assists. His arms are still long and still causing problems in the passing lane.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

His shot was off. I think his knee is still bothering him.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

Paul Pierce backed up his comments following the Nets’ loss last night and came out assertive, offering his jump shot at every opportunity. He finished with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting in only 22 minutes.

Kevin Garnett CENTER

He played a marathon 12 minutes. I hope he’s not too exhausted. Still, Garnett brought the defensive intensity in his few minutes. He wasn’t taking any crap from the Nuggets in this game.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Really solid. He had a number of #TheBestOfBlatche moments and #TheWorstOfBlatche was nowhere to be found. Although if he had given Faried the request piggy-back ride we’d all be a lot happier right now.

He finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 1 cold-blooded 3 from the wing.

Andrei Kirilenko SMALL FORWARD

Kirilenko’d thoroughly in his 10 minutes of play.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

Didn’t play until the fourth quarter, at which point the outcome had been clear for 33 minutes. He continues his streak of playing in every game for the Nets this season.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

His shot looks so good when it’s on. And he humored us with one brick that hit nothing but glass in the fourth quarter.

Marcus Thornton SHOOTING GUARD

He’s showing his whole repertoire, and I’d rather just see his spot-up shooting.

Jason Collins CENTER

He played the final 8 minutes. I don’t think I need to tell you what he did during those 8 minutes. Still, JASON COLLINS! Not an A+ because he fouled J.J. Hickson on a jumper. He scored his first point in this stint with the Nets.

AND HE HIT A LONG 2.

Mason Plumlee CENTER

Ran hard. Jumped high. Reverse dunked. Forward dunked.

Marquis Teague POINT GUARD

Actually kind of looked like an NBA player. At some points.