The Brooklyn Nets are looking to close out a season marred by injury and losses on a strong note. After beating the Bulls at home, they took to the road to face the second place Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. What started as a blowout in Boston’s favor eventually became a rather tight contest but in the end Brooklyn wen on to lose the game 114-105.
The Celtics were able to jump out to a 28-13 lead in the first quarter and soon extended that lead to 58-40 at the half over the Nets. Brooklyn was able to make this game competitive, bringing the deficit to ten in the third quarter and getting within six points with four minutes left in the game but in the end Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford were too much for the Nets down the stretch.
Some things to take away from this game are the fact that Brook Lopez is now the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, Jeremy Lin‘s second half performance almost sparked an upset, both Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert are ending the season on a high note, and that Boston’s defense was the biggest reason they beat the Nets.
Brook Lopez Becomes Brooklyn’s All-Time Leading Scorer
It has finally happened, Brook Lopez is officially the Brooklyn Nets all-time leading scorer. To quote Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily: nine years, three arenas, and two states. Brook had a return to form last night after having a couple of below average games in a row. He ended the night with 25 points on 10 of 21 shooting from the floor while dishing out two assists, pulling in seven rebounds, and blocking one shot.
He had an uncharacteristically off game from deep, going one of six, but looked like the Brook of old. He routinely took his man into the paint and went to work. His record breaking basket was a beautiful post fadeaway over Horford, a shot he has probably hit thousands of times in his lifetime.
Whether or not Brook will be on the roster after draft day, Nets fans should truly appreciate everything he has done for them. Brook should be on this roster until he retires.
He has proven time and time again how loyal he is to the franchise, he fits with everything Atkinson wants to do, and he is more talented than any package of draft picks the Nets could get for him following the DeMarcus Cousins trade that cheapened the value of every other center on the block. Seven footers that have an advanced post game and can hit threes is rare. Brooklyn should hold onto Brook as long as he wants to stay.
Lin’s Big Second Half Almost Sparked The Comeback
Its no secret that Jeremy Lin holds the keys to the success of this team. Last night Lin ended with 26 points, four assists, and twelve rebounds while going an incredible 16 of 17 from the free throw line. He knew how aggressive Boston’s defense is and used that to his advantage, trying to go right at the defense with no fear. It seemed like for once the refs were actually making the right calls and acknowledging when Lin was fouled.