One of the more exciting games of the season for the Nets, in which they went toe-to-toe with the Nuggets for three quarters, before distancing themselves in the fourth quarter behind the strong play of their shooting guard and center.
The Nets topped 100 points for the second straight game, shooting well from the field and forcing a ton of Nuggets turnovers, which made the difference in the end.
A great overall effort to close the victory for the Nets, in a season that hasn’t been known for that.
Starting in place of the injured Deron Williams for the second straight game, and again played more effectively without Williams: mostly played within the role of a distribute-first point guard, kept the offense humming on a night where the defense & rebounding weren’t there for long stretches, and hit a couple of key open floaters in the lane in the fourth quarter.
Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is a tough player for anyone to guard, and Lawson didn’t have many struggles getting by Jack all night long.
Shot well and even had one open three-pointer rim in and out. So he’s got that going for him.
But he probably shouldn’t try tip-dunks in crunch time.
(Steals are fine.)
AND IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, JOE JESUS HATH RESURRECTED, ONE HIGH-DEGREE-OF-DIFFICULTY JUMPER AT A TIME. AND IT WAS FAIR, AND IT WAS GOOD.
With the Nuggets playing speed-up offense, Johnson fired back quick buckets in return, hitting his patented corner three-pointer on more than one occasion, before turning back into the fourth quarter molten hot lava Joe Johnson we’ve so rarely seen this season.
With Mason Plumlee, closed the game down.
Solely for this face.
Continued showing off his renewed love of the reverse in the first half and flourished in as the leader of the dunkathon throughout.
Put together some BIG fourth-quarter offensive plays on offense, with the climax a strong and-one reverse layup that got the crowd rocking and Kevin Garnett pleasantly shocked.
Struggled a bit to keep the Nuggets off the glass despite his career-high-tying 13 rebounds, but made up for it with his fourth-quarter performance.
The starting spot is all but officially his to lose at this point.
Returned to the active roster for the first time in over two weeks, playing off the bench for the first time since his rookie season, and while he had a few decent plays (including a nice face-up move for his first points), did little to differentiate himself from your average backup center.
Still takes a few too many unnecessary fading jumpers and isn’t exactly a defensive stalwart, but you can see the outline of an effective player.