NOW WE’RE REALLY STREAKING!
The Brooklyn Nets (19-59) notched their first three-game win streak of the season —and 166 games— with an explosive 141-118 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (28-40), Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center. The 141 points is the second most they’ve scored this season. They scored 143 in a win over New Orleans back in January.
With the win, the Nets are now 10-10 in their last 20 games and 3-0 in the month of April. They won nine games prior to March 1.
The Nets went absolutely nuts in the first half and tied a franchise record for points in a half with 81 (!!!), shooting 70 percent from the field and 70.7 percent from deep (12-of-17). The 81 points are the most points in a half by any team at the Wells Fargo Center ... Ever.
There were 11 different players who scored at least two points, eight different players with an assist and six players with a steal. Eight different players scored in double figures… another season-high. All 13 active players scored at least one field goal.
And no player had more than 16. In fact, the Nets' 141 points are the most for a team without a 20-point scorer since the Cavs scored 148 points on December 17, 1991.
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They finished the night with a season-high 36 assists on 64 percent shooting and 16-of-31 from deep. NINE different players hit at least one three-pointer. The 36 assists are the most since they played the Hawks in London circa 2014.
How’d it start? The Nets led 9-6 early in the first quarter and went on a 9-2 run to take an 18-8 lead.
From that point, they kept building the lead all the way up to 81-53 at halftime. The Sixers played without Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Robert Covington, and the Nets made them pay. The 28-point lead was Brooklyn’s largest halftime lead since 2013.
The Nets led 102-67 in the third quarter – the 35 points being the largest lead of the season. The previous high was 33. They cracked 100 points with five minutes left in the third.
And thus, the Nets cruised to the finish line.
Jeremy Lin led the way with 16 points and seven assists. Brook Lopez also scored 16, while both Randy Foye and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson chipped in 12 apiece. Lopez is now 44 points shy of the Nets all-time career record, held by Buck Williams. He’s also 20 three-pointers short of the NBA record for seven-footers.
“I think the fans can appreciate it that they’ve seen progress. That’s what the fans want to see; Sean (GM Marks) wants to see that and the owner wants to see it. That’s the real positive, not even the wins, just that we’re playing better.”
As the season progresses, you recognize how much more comfortable certain players are in the motion offense. This bodes extremely well for next year. The Nets need continuity going forward and if they can plug in one or two appropriate pieces, not to mention draft picks – they can be a sneaky team next year.
Memo to agents: your clients would look great in this offense.
Brooklyn’s reserves had another big night with 78 points.
- Sean Kilpatrick: 13 points (3-of-4 3-pt)
- Spencer Dinwiddie: 13 points and seven assists.
- Archie Goodwin: Season-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Goodwin just signed a two-year deal and with Isaiah Whitehead sitting out due to an ankle injury, Goodwin got more time to display his talents.
- K.J. McDaniels: 14 points on a career-high three three-pointers. He sat the last two games and played with high energy from the start.
Next up: Thursday at Orlando.
- Box Score: Brooklyn Nets 141, Philadelphia 118 - NBA.com
- Highlights: Nets vs. 76ers (Video) - NBA.com
- McDaniels put finishing touch on game (Video) - NBA.com
- McConnell to Long (Video) - NBA.com
- With the touch (Video) - NBA.com
- Saric for two (Video) - NBA.com
- Defense to Offense (Video) - NBA.com
- Dinwiddie with the cross (Video) - NBA.com
- Anderson with the And-1 (Video) - NBA.com
- Acy with the slam (Video) - NBA.com
- Lin assist for Hollis-Jefferson jam (Video) - NBA.com
- Goodwin hammers it down (Video) - Brooklyn Nets
- Hamilton from three (Video) - Brooklyn Nets
- Dinwiddie with the wrap-around (Video) - Brooklyn Nets
- Goodwin with the reverse (Video) - Brooklyn Nets
- Lopez, Lin lead Brooklyn to rare rout, 141-118 over Sixers - Dan Gelston - AP
- Nets rout 76ers for third straight win - AFP
- Nets score 81 points in first half, rout 76ers for first 3-game streak of season - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Nets trounce 76ers for third straight win (Game Grades) - Elizabeth Swinton - The Brooklyn Game
- SIXERS 'APOLOGIZE TO PHILLY FANS' FOR DEFENSE IN RECORD LOSS TO NETS - Jessica Camerato - Comcast Sports Net
- NBA DRAFT PROSPECT MARKELLE FULTZ ON SIXERS: 'I CAN SEE IT HAPPENING' - Jordan Hall - Comcast Sports Net
- Sixers get pounded by lowly Nets - Keith Pompey - Philadelphia Inquirer