Andray Blatche scored 17 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 85-79 on Sunday night as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett returned to their former home court for the first time since being traded last July.
In a season of unpredictable twists and turns, the Nets happen to be one of the hottest teams in the league right now after winning their sixth in seven games. But let’s be real — they’re not championship caliber.
Joe Johnson scored 32 points, Shaun Livingston helped Brooklyn dominate the second overtime after LeBron James fouled out, and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 104-95 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
I get this kind of logic from my kids all the time: A followed B, therefore B caused A. But I also know that, unless ties were preventing oxygen from flowing to his brain, there’s more to this streak than Kidd ditching his neckwear.
Whether it was a stroke of genius or dumb luck, Nets coach Jason Kidd concocted a new look for his team as it entered the New Year, pairing his two point guards.
Deron Williams scored 21 points, Paul Pierce added 17 while moving past Allen Iverson into 19th place on the NBA’s career scoring list, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-82 on Saturday night.
Paul George scored 24 points and Lance Stephenson added 23 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 105-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
Shaun Livingston scored 20 points, Mirza Teletovic came off the bench to add 19 and the Brooklyn Nets ended their four-game losing streak with a 104-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Taj Gibson scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 15, and the Chicago Bulls routed the Brooklyn Nets, 95-78, on Wednesday.
Referees ruled it a flagrant 2 after review, an automatic ejection. The NBA said Tuesday that Pierce made “excessive and unnecessary contact.”
GM Billy King said that the Brooklyn Nets are disappointed by the latest injury to Brook Lopez, but are not in panic mode. Lopez fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot.
Brook Lopez’s broken foot might not be a death knell for the Brooklyn Nets.
Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 121-120, overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
There are no excuses this time. Not injuries, coaching, the refs. This one was all about one team outworking the other. Washington was hungrier and ate the Nets for dinner.
Much has been written about the precipitous decline in Kevin Garnett’s game, but the talk about Pierce has been in more hushed tones. His instincts can still be useful — as long as it’s in a reserve role.