And the streak is over… the Nets win. Thhhhheeeeee…. NETS WIN!
OK, so we can stop talking about 0-82, as the Nets (1-18) ended their historic losing streak and got their first win of the season in a 97-91 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-11) tonight at the Izod Center in New Jersey. The Nets are now 1-0 in the Kiki Vandeweghe era.
- This was a crisp offensive game for the Nets, despite only shooting 39 percent from the game and getting outrebound 51-39. They only turned the ball over nine times, and they never had one of their “infamous” quarters that seem to kill them every game. To boot, the team was clearly hustling all game, punctuated by a spectacular, Derek Jeter-esque dive into the fourth row by Devin Harris in the fourth quarter, while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds.
- Game ball to Courtney Lee who was back in the starting lineup and scored 27 points, with 3 steals. He was hitting his jumpers early, and despite some foul trouble, he never went cold the rest of the game, shooting 11-16.
- Brook Lopez had a terrific night with 31 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks.
- Devin Harris struggled from the floor (2-12), but he finished with 16 points and 8 assists, and he also hit three huge free throws in the closing minutes to put the Nets up 7.
- Keyon Dooling and Tony Battie returned from injury for the first time this season. They scored two points between-them (both for Dooling) but they both did a lot of little things to help the team tonight, especially Dooling, who was the biggest cheerleader on the bench.
- Josh Boone looked great on defense tonight with 3 blocks.
- Stephen Jackson and Raymond Felton each scored 28 points to lead the Bobcats, who are now an answer to a trivia question.