The Brooklyn Nets are not a team that has enjoyed success on back to backs. Until last night’s 91-82 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn was 0-13 on the second night of back to backs.
It was a pretty ugly game for both teams. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the floor, both teams turned the ball over 19 times, both teams shot under 30 percent from deep, and both teams failed to top 100 points. As Atlanta gears up for the playoffs, a second loss to the Nets in a week is probably the last thing they needed. Brooklyn on the other hand will take a win any way they can get it, no matter how ugly.
Despite shooting poorly, turning the ball over a lot, and failing to score 100 points the Nets should be proud of this victory. For the first time in a long time, the Nets seemed to have control over the game for its entirety. Although Atlanta did take the lead at one point briefly, Brooklyn fought and kept this game out of reach behind another big game from Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin‘s hot start, and played a complete game.
Brook Came Through Yet Again
Brook Lopez is ending this season on one incredible hot streak and it is leading to victories for Brooklyn. He followed up his 30 point effort Saturday night with a 29 point, five assist, five rebound, five block, two steal game last night. He shot twelve of twenty one from the floor and three of seven from deep in 30 minutes of action.
If there is any player that deserves all the praise for the Nets this season it is Brook Lopez. He has been injured so much in his career and in a season marred by injury for everyone else on the team, Brook remained the lone constant. What makes this all the more incredible is he was doing it while every fan wanted to see him traded. He has reinvented himself this season and by taking his game out to the three point line and away from the physicality of the paint, he has probably added some years onto his career overall.
As the season winds down, Brook is just 60 points away from passing Buck Williams‘ all-time Nets scoring record. With five games left and Brook on a hot streak, he can and will break this record before the season is out. Brooklyn is also two wins away from 20 on the season, a feat that would’ve seemed impossible in January.
Lin Had A Hot Start, Fizzled Slightly After Halftime
While Brook has been setting the world on fire the past week or so, Jeremy Lin has been struggling. Over the past two or three games he has looked a step behind and very frustrated in comparison to his calm demeanor. Thankfully last night was the beginning of his return to old form after his hot start in this game against Atlanta. He ended the game with 15 points, six assists, and six rebounds while shooting five of ten from the floor and two of four from deep.