They won. The Nets won! The five-game losing streak is dead.
But they shouldn’t have let a game against a team they blew out by 31 points even come down to this, against a Thunder team missing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They should not have needed to come back. The Thunder shouldn’t have had an open, potential game-winning look at the buzzer.
Give them credit for their resolve to come back from a double-digit deficit and claw out a win, two days after traveling time zones after a triple-overtime game. But they’ll need stronger efforts to keep winning on the road, and they know it.
The stats: 16 PTS, 10 REB, 6-12 FG, 3 BLK
One of the most wildly up-and-down games Lopez has ever had. For every easy bucket he put in the basket or rebound he surprisingly snatched, he let an easy pass bobble out of his hands or was a step slow on defense, leading to an irate Lionel Hollins — and an irate Brook Lopez.
I honestly was surprised when Hollins brought Lopez back into the game, after the two so plainly had feuded about in-game situations earlier. But he played well down the stretch, even blocking a three-pointer on a pick-and-roll switch and getting his first double-double of the season. I guess Hollins’s message — whatever it was — was received.