Before the game, I asked David Blatt about why the Nets have struggled so much at home. So it only makes sense that the Nets would then pull out one of their biggest home wins of the season[note]The Warriors win is the only one that competes[/note] on the same night.
This was a matchup between a Nets team that executed its offense perhaps better than it has all season against a legitimate title contender that seemed to score at moments through sheer force of will. It wasn’t pretty at times, as the Nets fought their own penchant for turnovers and struggles defending pick-and-roll alley-oops with their ability to draw offensive fouls and hit three-pointers. When things clicked into place — mostly around Joe Johnson — it was a beautiful throwback.
Lots of offense early for Lopez, who uses his floater as a crutch these days for his offensive output. With both teams going small near the end of the game, Hollins elected to keep Lopez in against Kevin Love, and Lopez attacked in the post and drew fouls. Kept up his impressive work on the glass.