“Last night (Wednesday) took an L but tonight the (Nets) bounced back...”
The Nets absolutely dominated the San Antonio Spurs — their REAL big brother in terms of how they operate and the culture they emulate. And Caris LeVert who passed the 50-point milestone Tuesday garnered his first triple double Friday night.
The Nets started the game with pep in their step, fire in their eyes. The Nets started with a 20-2 run early in the first quarter building a 21-point lead in the span of a couple minutes. They led 41-22 after the first — a season-high for points scored in a first quarter this year.
Timeout after timeout, Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, simply couldn’t find the answers to stop Brooklyn’s offensive prowess.
The Nets went onto score 75 points in the first half and led by as many as 33 points. The Spurs brought it within 16 at one point in second half, but the Nets never faltered. They played their best 48-minute game of the season, winning 139-121, Friday night at Barclays Center. It was a rare wire-to-wire victory and the most points they’ve scored in game this season — third highest total in franchise history.
At 28-34, the Nets remain the seventh seed in the East, five full games ahead of the ninth seed Wizards with 20 games left. To match last season’s record, the Nets would have to go 14-6 the rest of the way.
LeVert was the leader of the pack, finishing with his first triple double of his career: 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Talk about a week for him. He dropped 51 points in a win over the Boston Celtics, and now this. Potential Eastern Conference Player of the Week?
Kenny Atkinson was looking for a change. He started Wilson Chandler and brought Taurean Prince off the bench for the first time this season. And it worked.
Prince was in his bag all night, finishing the night with 13 points and five rebounds, 5-of-12 from the field. He led the second unit to a 58-point night, with three other second unit players finishing in double figures: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (19 points), DeAndre Jordan (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Chris Chiozza (13 points).
The rout continued throughout the night.
They scored 45 points in the third quarter — the most points they’ve scored in a third quarter in franchise history. They led 120-95, the 120 points also marking a franchise record through three quarters, and also the second-most points tallied through three quarters by a team this season.
The Spurs never brought it within 16.
It was a huge night for the entire team. As a whole, they shot 53 percent from the field and 42 percent from three. Spencer Dinwiddie had 19 points and nine assists, Jarrett Allen with 12 points and eight rebounds, and finally Joe Harris with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting.
Chris Chiozza, who has a fast-growing fan club, finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists, while shooting 5-of-9 overall and 3-of-5 from deep. In his three games this week, Chiozza has averaged 11.0 points and 2.5 assists in 22.5 points per. His shooting line is 62/57/100. The Nets development staff has been working with him on shooting.
You think Atkinson said something after Wednesday’s loss? You bet. The Nets came out with a different type of energy, setting record after record. Now, they’ll look to keep the momentum riding into Sunday’s matinee affair against the Bulls.
They’ve shown flashes all year, but they’ve yet to catch any sort of rhythm/consistency. This is their chance.
For the first time since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, Julius “Dr. J” Irving attended a game. It was Dr. J x Black Panther bobblehead night.
Nets fans in the brigade even dedicated the night to the ABA/New Jersey days.
And of course, The Whammy’s got their autograph from Doc.
Dr. J is a face of the franchise... who hasn’t been around much. He’s a Long Island native and played just 10 minutes away at Nassau Coliseum. Herb Turetzky, Brooklyn’s scorekeeper since the ABA days, told me Dr. J was the best player he’s ever seen. Herb has seen every single player to play the game. Really.
—The Nets tallied a season-high 139 points in tonight’s victory over San Antonio after scoring a season-low 79 points on Wednesday night vs. Memphis. Via Elias, the 60-point increase is the largest from one regulation game to the next in franchise history.
—Players in franchise history to record a triple-double and a 50-point game:
Of course, LeVert posted his 50-point game (Tuesday) and triple-double (Friday) in a span of four days.
—LeVert is the 27th player in Nets history to register a triple-double, and the third player to do so as a Brooklyn Net, joining Kyrie Irving and D’Angelo Russell.
—The Nets’ 120 points scored through three quarters marks a franchise record, and also marks the second-most points tallied through three quarters by a team this season. Houston scored 127 points through three quarters vs. Atlanta on November 30
—The Nets have set a new franchise record for points scored in a third quarter with 45. The previous high: 44 points, done on June 24 of last year vs. Boston and December 27, 1991, at Charlotte.
WE’RE ALL ONE FAMILY
Early Friday morning, Fahad Saleem of Sheepshead Bay lost everything in a house fire... everything but his Kyrie Irving jersey. We wrote about it here.
Asked about why he felt the Irving jersey survived while everything else didn’t, Saleem told NetsDaily, “Through all the adversity he faced this season, he still remained strong and on top, just like what the jersey represents. After the fire, it was the only thing that stayed strong and survived.”
We made sure he was in the building, courtesy of Nets super fan Doug Reuter, who asked if I knew anybody who might want tickets to the game. I spoke with Fahad and Doug provided him with the tickets. This night was for him.
He brought his jersey —and the only change clothes he’s got left— to the game.
Fahad Saleem is the Sheepshead Bay fan who lost everything but his @KyrieIrving jersey to a Wednesday fire. He brought jersey to Spurs game where he sat in seats courtesy of @APOOCH. (It has a woodsy smell.) pic.twitter.com/rjXjauCfle— NetsDaily (@NetsDaily) March 7, 2020
We spread love. The Brooklyn Way. So did Kyrie...
Great way to end the night:@KyrieIrving asked for @FahadSuave jersey that remained after Fahad’s house caught fire and he lost everything... besides the jersey.— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) March 7, 2020
Told him he’ll sign it.https://t.co/3mkWih9Hc2 via @NetsDaily
Fahad also talked with Spencer Dinwiddie after the game. He lost two Dinwiddie jerseys in the fire, one of them autographed.
And shoutout to Doug Reuter. None of this would’ve been possible without him.
THE SPONGE BOB REPORT
So working with the anonymous forces that power “Nets as depicted by Sponge Bob,” we’re gong to try something new starting tonight. The Twitter poster will take a clip of the venerable animated serious and relate it the themes of the game ... or try to.
Friday, here’s his sense of the last two games, vs. the Grizz, a 39-point losss and the Spurs. Our guys make sure to find a crazy who thinks the Spurs should fire their venerable coach.
Game 62— Nets As Depicted By Spongebob (@NetsDepiction) March 7, 2020
vs San Antonio Spurs pic.twitter.com/PyaDDYs2AT
For a different perspective on the game itself, head on over to Pounding the Rock, our Spurs sister site on SB Nation.
Next up: Bulls at Nets on Sunday, 3:00 PM ET.
- Box Score: Brooklyn Nets 139, San Antonio Spurs 121 - NBA.com
- Recap: Brooklyn Nets 139, San Antonio Spurs 121 (Video) - NBA.com
- Nets Postgame Show: SAS @ BKN (Video) - Bob Lorenz & Frank Isola - YES Network
- LeVert on dominating win (VIdeo) - Michael Grady - YES Network
- Carrino and RJ on Nets’ win (Video) - Chris Carrino & Richard Jefferson - YES Network
- Atkinson talks big win over Spurs (Video) - YES Network
- Harris on bounce back win (Video) - YES Network
- Wear Brooklyn At? (Video) - YES Network
- Atkinson on preparing for Spurs (Video) - YES Network
- Nets pound Spurs 139-120 in Popovich’s return to the bench - Brian Mahoney - AP
- LeVert’s triple-double leads Nets past Spurs - Larry Fleisher - Reuters
- Gregg Popovich wants Kevin Durant in Tokyo Olympics only if fully healthy - ESPN
- Nets snap skid by putting on show in front of Julius Erving - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Julius Erving honored at his first-ever Brooklyn Nets game - Kristian Winfield - New York Daily News
- Change at power forward powers Nets to blowout win - Kristian Winfield - New York Daily News
- Olympic coach Gregg Popovich knows Kevin Durant’s priority has to be the Nets - Kristian WInfield - New York Daily News
- Gregg Popovich on Trump’s coronavirus bungling: ‘He thinks Barack Obama tripped Mary Decker’ - Kristian WInfield - New York Daily News
- LeVert’s triple double powers Nets’ big win - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Julius Erving back with Nets (for a night) - Greg Logan - Newsday
- NETS 139, SPURS 120: CARIS LEVERT TRIPLE-DOUBLE LEADS BROOKLYN ROUT - Tom Dowd - Brooklyn Nets
- GALLERY: NETS VS. SPURS - Brooklyn Nets
- NETS VS. SPURS: TAUREAN PRINCE, JOE HARRIS, AND KENNY ATKINSON TOP QUOTES - Tom Dowd - Brooklyn Nets
- Nets pound Spurs 139-120 in Popovich’s return to the bench - Evan Barnes - San Antonio Express-News