Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash could have needed to downplay the significance of his crew’s recreation towards the Chicago Bulls, however the Nets performed like they’d one thing to show.
Coming into the sport in Chicago, the Nets have been simply 0-8 towards top-tier competitors this season. Of the video games performed towards ‘top-tier competitors’ they’d misplaced six of the eight by double-digit figures, and one of many losses in single-digits (Phoenix) they have been down by as a lot as 22 earlier than making a late run when the sport was primarily over.
The losses embody two towards Chicago and two towards the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, and the Nets had allowed 116.4 factors per recreation in these video games.
“They wish to get win towards Chicago as a result of we’ve misplaced to them twice,” Nash stated. “I don’t assume we’re fascinated with how are we towards all elite groups. So [Wednesday] is a good alternative to play towards an elite crew, play effectively, develop, attempt to get a win, however most significantly maintain getting higher.”
With Kyrie Irving eligible to play as the sport was performed in Chicago, it marked simply the second time this season that Brooklyn had all three superstars out there to play, and simply the sixteenth time in complete since they joined forces. The Nets are 13-3 in these video games, nonetheless.
James Harden was prepared after lacking a recreation as a result of a hyperextended left knee, and so was Kyrie Irving after a sprained left ankle threw his standing into query.
Harden, particularly, discovered his mojo fairly fast after his one-game absence. He completed with 25 factors, 16 assists (a brand new season-high) and 7 rebounds. Brooklyn’s 132 factors was additionally a brand new season-high.
Brooklyn was embarrassed 118-95 in a Nov. 8 journey to United Middle, a recreation that they led going into the fourth quarter, solely to implode, getting outscored 42-17 within the remaining interval. On Wednesday it was a distinct story.
At one stage the sport was tied at 71, however Brooklyn went on to outscore the Bulls 67-41 to safe a straightforward win.
“We performed with objective,” stated Nash post-game. “There was no bend or break in our guys tonight, and that was one thing Chicago might really feel.”
Durant, who added 29 factors of his personal, stated the crew was not looking to make a statement tonight.
“Not attempting to make no statements to the league,” he stated. “Who cares what they assume? We all know what we carry to the desk and it is all about us. I am positive folks have been watching that recreation tonight.”
Brooklyn improves to a league-best 15-4 on the highway this season.
The Nets have dwelling video games towards the Thunder and the Pelicans subsequent, earlier than a match-up with the Cavaliers in Cleveland subsequent Monday.