This is how it was supposed to work .... okay, maybe only in the dreams of Billy King, Avery Johnson and Mikhail Prokhorov: The Nets develop chemistry, improve their defense and challenge the Heat in the East, but it's actually happening!
The Springfield Armor turned a 17-point deficit into a seven-point third-quarter lead but collapsed in the fourth and lost to the Sioux Falls SkyForce in their home opener Friday night. James Mays once again finished with a double-double..
The Nets did not miss Brook Lopez on Friday, as they eased past the Orlando Magic in the third quarter and cruised to a 12-point victory on Friday night. Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace led the way offensively.
The Nets hold a one-point lead after a sluggish first half. Joe Johnson leads all scorers with 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting.
Bojan Bogdanovic, a 6'8" swingman, faced off against the Bulls Nikola Mirotic, a 6'10" power forward. Both finished with 18 points but Mirotic's Real Madrid mounted a late drive and beat Fenerbahce 77-61.
Billy King said he noticed the resolve Jerry Stackhouse was showing back in September when he showed up early at the PNY Center. he worked out twice a day in September getting himself ready for the season. He wanted to play ... and play he has.