What better way to come back from a heartbreaking loss?
A blowout victory on the road, of course!
The Nets (26-29) earned their second most lopsided win of the season over the Hornets (19-37), 115-86, Saturday night in Charlotte. They’ve now won seven of their last 10 games, this one perhaps the most complete game of Brooklyn’s season thus far. It showed exactly how Kenny Atkinson wants his team to play.
It was a balanced offensive attack with eight players in double figures, led by Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who scored 21 points — a season-high. After him, it was Caris LeVert (17 points), Garrett Temple (15 points), Taurean Prince (14 points), Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan each with 12 points and finally Spencer Dinwiddie with 10 points and nine assists.
They shot 48.3 percent from the field, nailed 17 three-pointers, blocked six shots, dished out 26 assists, out-rebounded Charlotte by nine and came up with 10 steals.
Indeed, it was Brooklyn’s defense that won the game and enabled them to get going on the offensive end. LeVert grabbed a career-high six steals as the Nets swarmed the Hornets all night. The most they allowed in a quarter was 25 points, but the night was done for in the third quarter after they contained them to just 18 points.
Atkinson added something else, not found in the stat sheet.
“Just our maturity and we didn’t let them back in the game, we put our stamp on the game. I think defense was a big thing, we didn’t really have one bad quarter. Four quarters of really good defense. We had some good moments sharing the ball too. I think 26 assists, so great effort by our guys.”
The Nets led by 10 at half. It was a mini surge from DeAndre Jordan who came up with three straight dunks, two of them monsters in the second quarter to give the Nets their first double digit lead of the night.
Then, the flood gates opened in the third.
The Nets went on a 7-0 run and took a 19-point lead, following a Harris 3-pointer and two buckets from Jarrett Allen. Later, the Nets found themselves up by 21 following an 8-0 run capped off by a LeVert pull-up.
Overall, it was a 33-18 advantage in the third quarter.
LeVert’s prowess on the defensive end changed the complexion of the game, enabling Brooklyn to get out on the break with the Charlotte defense on its heels. They led by 25 points entering the fourth quarter, and Atkinson unleashed the bench mob around the five-minute mark. The mob in fact upped the lead to 29 points ...
Here’s what the Nets did, individually speaking...
Luwawu-Cabarrot - season-high 21 points
Temple - 15 points, career-high 11 boards (first-career double-double)
LeVert - 17 points, career-high six steals
Allen - 12 points, 11 boards (single season career-high-tying 24th double-double)
As a franchise, it was their third-most lopsided road victory in the Brooklyn era and the second biggest margin of victory of this season, topped only by the 41-point win over the Warriors on February 5.
Perhaps Mr. Whammy was a big cause for that. The Nets cheerleader, accompanied by his grandson, was working his magic from behind the Hornets basket in the first half.
In fact, “Broookkllynnn” chants started pouring down towards the end of the game as fans who made the trek were able to forget the negatives around the team the past few days (Kyrie Irving surgery, loss in Philly, etc.). They’ll look to capitalize on this momentum against the Orlando Magic on Monday, when they return back home to Brooklyn where they’re 16-12.
SPREAD LOVE THE BROOKLYN WAY
Pauline Nicole Banzon and Jonathon De Pario joined the Brooklyn Brigade in the group’s first year. Now, they’re married. And they did it the Brooklyn (Nets) way.
Here’s what Pauline commented on NetsDaily’s board:
We are the couple featured in this article.
I, the bride, am a long time lurker here at Netsdaily, a fan since the move to Brooklyn in 2012, and a former season-ticket holder.
I met the groom (Jonathan de Perio) at a college basketball game in MSG on January 30, 2011. Duke vs. St. John’s. St. John’s won in a landslide. We hit it off right away. Managed to convert him from a Knicks fan to a Nets fan after how that organization mismanaged Linsanity and decided to buy season tickets on Day One.
Got super frustrated with how quiet Section 226 was, when suddenly GothamGooner decided to give away free tickets on the lower bowl on the condition that you should cheer loudly and proudly for the team. We were skeptical of his generosity at first, but when we saw in-game that the group that he put together were serious about cheering for the Nets we decided to throw our hats in the ring to sit with the group and cheer with passionate fans.
It was one of the best decisions that we have made. We met great folks and became really good friends with a lot of them. They helped us got through some tough times on and off court. The Brigade saw how our relationship grew (we are known as “The Lovebirds” of the group lol) and Jon and I saw how everyone’s lives have changed over the years, from the young bloods graduating from college and entering the work force, to folks getting married and starting their own families, to fathers whose children are growing right in front of our eyes.
Getting married in Brooklyn and giving homage to the team is our way of saying thanks for being a part of our history. We made great friends and memories from supporting the Brooklyn Nets. Having the Brigade at our celebration meant so much to us and made our event extra special. We love you all!
Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way. <3 Let’s get them rings!!!!
Pauline and Jon
Even Nets owner, Joe Tsai, was impressed!
Congratulations — and may your marriage age like fine wine!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR.J
Happy 70th, Dr. J.— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) February 22, 2020
⬜️ 4 MVP’s
8th highest scorer in ABA/NBA history
"It's as sweet as it ever was...Hopefully, we started something & we can win more championships, but we're going to enjoy this one right now. Have a little champagne.”
- Erving, 1976 pic.twitter.com/CEpH1At3Dr
And if you were wondering whether Dr. J will be at his Black Panther Bobble-Head night on March 6, wonder no more. Ian Eagle revealed the icon will be on hand for the game vs. San Antonio.
For a different perspective, head on over to AtTheHive, our Hornets sister site on SB Nation.
Next up: Magic at Nets, Monday. It’s Jarrett Allen Garden Gnome night.
- Box Score: Brooklyn Nets 115, Charlotte Hornets 86 - NBA.com
- Recap: Brooklyn Nets 115, Charlotte Hornets 86 (Video) - NBA.com
- Kustok and Eagle discuss Nets’ strong win (Video) - Sarah Kustok & Ian Eagle - YES Network
- Luwawu-Cabarrot on Nets’ big win (Video) - Michael Grady - YES Network
- Atkinson on maturity in win (Video) - YES Network
- Allen on bounce-back win (Video) - YES Network
- LeVert applauds team effort in win (Video) - YES Network
- Wear Brooklyn At? (Video) - YES Network
- Atkinson previews game vs. Hornets (Video) - YES Network
- Luwawu-Cabarrot scores 21 as Nets defeat Hornets 115-86 - Steve Reed - AP
- Nets use balance to crush Hornets - Reuters
- Nets completely shut down Hornets in bounce-back win - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- The Kyrie Irving surgery question Nets still must answer - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets’ Jarrett Allen not ‘tripping’ about sitting during 4th quarters - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets put together dominant third quarter to rout Hornets - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Harris’ value high in NBA, higher with Nets - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Nets blow out Hornets with blistering third quarter - Dennis Young - New York Daily News
- NETS 115, HORNETS 86: BROOKLYN CRUISES IN CHARLOTTE - Tom Dowd - Brooklyn Nets
- NETS VS. HORNETS: JARRETT ALLEN, TIMOTHE LUWAWU-CABARROT, AND KENNY ATKINSON TOP QUOTES - Tom Dowd - Brooklyn Nets
- GALLERY: NETS VS. HORNETS - Brooklyn Nets
- Hornets’ three-game winning streak crumbles on a bad shooting night at home - Rick Bonnell - Charlotte Observer