Awesome win for the Nets today, and maybe the start of something different.
Tonight, the Nets didn’t play like their slow, old, stiff selves. They were quick and aggressive, forcing turnovers and running up and down the floor. They used every ounce of their athleticism to take down a young team.
The Nets took an early 11-4 lead in the first quarter that quickly dwindled down as Brooklyn’s sorry defense gave up a few shots. It looked as though we were headed towards a back-and-forth game as both teams were shooting effectively early on. But in the second quarter, the Nets ripped off a 17-4 run and never really looked back. Minnesota shot 47%, mostly due to poor defense by the Nets and unconscious shooting from the Wolves, but it didn’t matter. The Nets were simply a force on offense and were able to put this one away easily after halftime.
122 points ties the season high, while 98 points after three and 67 points after two sets a new season record.
The stats: 16 PTS, 8 RBS, +24, 7-8 FG
Another Nets player in double figures. Lopez was unstoppable in the post today, and also had one of his best rebounding days, with six offensive boards. Not a great day for him defensively, but these are the games we need to see out of him more often. A throwback to the days of him being one of the most effective scoring big men in the game.