A 3-game win streak means they had their best week of the season, at 2-1 (1st win came last week). The return of Deron Williams sparked the winning, but another injury to Brook Lopez was a big reason for the streak being stopped on Friday against the Pistons.
Game 21: vs Boston
It was the first time Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett faced off against their former team. Pierce came back from a fractured hand, and KG was a big reason they held on down the stretch. It was also the return of Deron Williams, and he helped take down the Atlantic division leading Celtics. For once they got they off to a fast start, and did a decent job maintaining their lead.
Williams first game back saw him lead all scorers as the Nets shot nearly 56% percent from the field. Brook Lopez also continued his hot play, hitting 10 of his 13 attempts. The best part of the game was the fact that they came out with energy from the start and kept it up all game, which allowed Brooklyn to maintain their lead throughout.
The win capped off a strange 3 game sequence in the all-under .500 division. The Nets were blown out by the Knicks who were then blown out by Boston, who then lost this game to Brooklyn.
- Deron Williams with game high honors – 25 points, Garnett pulled down 9 boards and Williams added a team high 7 assists in his return.
W Celtics 94 – Nets 106
Game 22: vs Los Angeles
The Clippers looked like they were going to walk all over the Nets early, but after a quick double-digit lead, Brooklyn got the 1st quarter deficit down to just 5. Then they took over, outscoring LA 63-37 in the 2nd and 3rd quarters in route to a 102-3 win. It’s their best win since taking down the Heat for their first game of the season, especially with how the Clippers had been playing defensively the past week weeks.
5 Nets finished in double figures, and while the Clippers shot an astounding 52-free throws, Brooklyn hit 93% of theirs from the charity stripe, while LA only made 67%. It was a good defensive showing against a high-powered offense, but it didn’t come without a cost. Brook Lopez, who had been hitting his stride coming off a left ankle sprain, left the game after re-injuring the ankle in the 3rd. Hopefully for Brooklyn, their big man will return quickly, because this win showed just how good this team can be when healthy.
- Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche tied for game-high honors with 21 points, Blatche added a team high 9 rebounds and Pierce added 5 assists off the bench.
W Clippers 102 – Nets 93
Game 23: @ Detroit
The end of the back-to-back didn’t go well. Missing Lopez again, the Pistons took full advantage down low, taking a double-digit lead early, outscoring Brooklyn by 18 in the 3rd quarter and holding on late.
Blatche continues to play well off the bench, but the loss of Lopez really showed in this one. Reggie Evans started in his place, and showed why he was out of the rotation completely. Not to mention along with Garnett and Alan Anderson, 3 of Brooklyn’s 5 starters combined for just 12 points. The defense was non-existent in the 2nd quarter, and two Piston big men had tallied double-doubles.
So much for using a big win at home to launch them on a nice long winning streak.
- Deron Williams lead the way for the 2nd time in his 3rd game back with 22 points and 9 assists, while Blatche had a double-double off the bench, 20-points and 12 boards.
Nets 99 – Pistons 103
So while the finale to the week didn’t go well, there is a difference with Williams on the floor, and from the start he looks to be completely healthy. Lopez sat Friday, but the Nets say it was for precautionary reasons. With both days off this weekend, their big man gets 3 days to rest the ankle and should be good to go when they take on the Sixers at home on Monday and the Wizards on Wednesday. Then Brooklyn hits the road to take on the Sixers in their building.