What a finish! The Nets pulled off a miracle with a last-second victory over the Sixers today at The Rock. Down by 7 with just 20 seconds remaining, they went on a 10-2 run to finish the game, and Stephen Graham buried a 28-foot three pointer as time expired. The Nets struggled at times to score but their last second heroics, combined with some awful free throw shooting by Philly, allowed them to post another W in the win column.
- Scoring droughts have become an issue over the last few games. In the 4th quarter today the Nets went nearly 4 minutes without a field goal and had a stretch of 6 minutes where they scored just 5 points.
- In his first career start, Derrick Favors had a decent game with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Getting to double figures on the defensive glass is something that Nets fans would love to see from the rook.
- Brook Lopez had solid scoring numbers (23 points on 8 of 16 shooting) but 8 turnovers is inexcusable from your center. Travis Outlaw had his best preseason game thus far, with 15 points and 9 boards.
- The team’s defense continues to be inconsistent. They allowed just 14 points in the 2nd quarter but the Sixers came back with a 30-point effort in the 3rd; way too many points if the Nets are going to be successful.
- Bench play: Jordan Farmar had another solid game with 15 points off the bench while Terrence Williams had an inexplicably bad game. T-Will committed 5 turnovers, took 3 shots and scored 0 points. Yikes.
- Their assist to turnover ratio was flat-out awful today (18 assists and 25 turnovers). Devin Harris did have 8 assists but 4 turnovers for your floor general is too many.
- Basically this was looking like a disappointing performance for the 6,252 in attendance until the Nets pulled a rabbit out of their hat in the final seconds. Off to China for two games against the Rockets…