Tonight, however, it was a different story as Brooklyn took advantage of the depleted Nuggets squad, dominating Denver 112-89. By a depleted Nuggets lineup, let me clarify: Wilson Chandler (knee), Ty Lawson (rib), JaVale McGee (leg), Nate Robinson (knee), & Danilo Gallinari (knee).
The 67-point turnaround was the third biggest point swing on successive nights in NBA history; the biggest in Nets history.
Unlike Wednesday night, the Nets controlled this game early. This was easily the best first quarter -- if not the best quarter in general of the Nets season thus far. The Nets allowed just eight points. Yes, you read that correct.... EIGHT POINTS! The lowest they've given up all season. Not only was it the Nets best, the eight points were the lowest from any team in the entire NBA in the first quarter this season.
While putting up the best defensive effort of the season, they were dominating on the offensive side of the ball too. They dropped 29 points holding a 29-8 lead heading into the second quarter. They forced eight turnovers, and finally out-rebounded the opposition, 15-11.
Brooklyn was dominating and they were finally having fun. They continued to control this game. It wasn't necessarily another eight point defensive quarter, but they continued to control the pace. Denver showed signs of life behind Kenneth "The Manimal" Faried, but the Nets seemed to answer back every time. Despite his team being down, Faried led all scorers at the half with 12 points & 6 rebounds.
The Nuggets picked up their offensive game, finishing the quarter with 28 points, but on the other side; the Nets were scorching hot, scoring 30 points in the second quarter. The Nets owned the game at half: 59-36. Andrei Kirilenko finished the half with 9 points, but his contributions on both sides of the ball don't show up in the boxscore.
Quick reminder: The Nets scored 59 points in the first 24 minutes on 52% shooting. No Nets' player was in double digits. It was a balanced attack on both sides of the floor.
Five minutes into the third quarter, the Nets found their biggest lead of the night: 30. They held a 72-42 lead, still with 19 minutes remaining in the game. Suddenly, the memory of last night's game was beginning to fade as the lead continued to grow for Brooklyn.
Behind Paul Pierce's 18 points, the Nets owned an 89-56 lead going into the fourth. Brooklyn hasn't won in Denver since 2007, and they were on their way to changing the script.
Not much changed in the fourth quarter. Similar to last night, Jason Kidd would ride the Nets bench throughout the entire fourth quarter. Only this time, the Nets were the predator in this one, opposed to being the prey last night. These kind of nights are important for player development, a field which Kidd has strived in all season.
The Nets would go on to win 112-89. Paul Pierce led the way for Brooklyn with 18 points & 6 rebounds. Marcus Thornton looked solid off the bench scoring 10 points on 3-7 shooting. The Nets stand 3-3 on the road trip, and hope to finish it on a solid note this Saturday in Milwaukee against the Bucks.
- Nets at Nuggets Boxscore - NBA.com
- Game 56 - Brooklyn Nets at Denver Nuggets, 10:30 PM - NetsDaily
- 2nd Half Game Thread: Nets at Nuggets - NetsDaily
- Nets vs. Nuggets: First half (Video) - NBA.com
- Fast Break Clinic (Video) - NBA.com
- Climb The Ladder (Video) - NBA.com
- Collins Scores (Video) - NBA.com
- Postgame: Paul Pierce (Video) - Rachel Nichols - NBA on TNT
- Mason Plumlee on Nets' bouncing back win in Denver (Video) - Sarah Kustok - YES Network
- Jason Kidd on the Nets' victory over the Nuggets (Video) - YES Network
- Joe Johnson talks about the Nets' win in Denver (Video) - YES Network
- Jason Collins on his return and the fans' reaction (Video) - YES Network
- GIF: Jason Collins hit his first field goal this season, and it was a long 2 - Daniel Savitzky - The Brooklyn Game
- GIF: Manimal insists on a piggy-back ride from Andray Blatche - Daniel Savitzky - The Brooklyn Game
- Nets burn past Nuggets on the break (Video) - Daniel Savitzky - The Brooklyn Game
- Paul Pierce scores 18 points, Brooklyn Nets rebound in 112-89 rout of Denver Nuggets - AP
- Jason Collins meets with Shepard's parents - AP
- Nets respond by blowing out Nuggets, 112-89 - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Nets notes: Jason Collins honors murdered gay student - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Nets bounce back from blowout loss by pounding Nuggets - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Nets’ Collins: Meeting with Shepards a ‘special’ event - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Special Night for Collins, and a Win for the Nets - Justin Felisko - New York Times
- Nets rebound from 44-point loss, take out their frustration during rout of Nuggets - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Nets' Jason Collins hopes wearing No. 98 inspires - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Nets beat Nuggets, 112-89, after outscoring them 29-8 in first quarter - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Jason Collins focused on trying to stick with Nets for rest of season - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Rapid Reaction: Nets 112, Nuggets 89 - Paul Willis - ESPN New York
- Notes: What a difference a day makes - Paul Willis - ESPN New York
- Jason Collins of Brooklyn Nets meets with Matthew Shepard's parents - Paul Willis & Mike Mazzeo - ESPN
- Nets 112, Nuggets 89: Altitude Sickness (GAME GRADES) - Daniel Savitzky - The Brooklyn Game
- The Morning After: Nets Suffocate Nuggets - Daniel Savitzky - The Brooklyn Game
- Nuggets hit a low, embarrassed by Brooklyn Nets in Denver - Chris Dempsey - Denver Post
- Jason Collins wears No. 98 for the Brooklyn Nets to honor Matthew Shepard - Ryan Parker - Denver Post