The Brooklyn Nets’ hotstreak is now officially over. The Nets got destroyed Friday night in Brooklyn by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 120-95. OKC used a 13-0 first quarter run to put the game out of hand and the Nets never came back into the game. Kevin Durant was unbelievable tonight in the first half and finished the game with 26 points and 7 assists in only 30 minutes. Serge Ibaka also was impressive with 25 points on a perfect 12-12 shooting. Shaun Livingston had 16 points for the Nets.
This was a game the Nets will quickly want to forget. They had no shot to win this game with the way Kevin Durant was playing because he was just unguardable.
Still, this concludes one of the best months in Nets team history. Brooklyn finishes the month 10-3 despite losing the last 2 games of the month. Jason Kidd will probably still win coach of the month in the eastern conference for getting the Nets back in the playoff picture. However, the Nets still have some work to do if they want to get the 3-seed.
Player grades and notes:
Kevin Garnett: F
Garnett brought nothing offensively, finishing with 0 points on 0-4 shooting. He also allowed Kendrick Perkins to score 8 points, which for Perkins is an amazing game.
Paul Pierce: C-
Pierce was able to get to the foul line and had a big dunk in the first quarter, but did nothing other than that. Obviously, his defense on Ibaka was awful as Ibaka shot 12-12 from the field.
Shaun Livingston: B-
Livingston kept the Nets in the game in the first quarter including having a nice steal on Durant, but he couldn’t keep the Nets in the game beyond that. His defense on Durant was actually as good as you can play, I thought, but Durant was just too good and made too many tough shots.
Joe Johnson: D+
After being announced as an all-star reserve, Joe Johnson did not have one of his better games, scoring only 9 points. He did not go to the foul line once and his defense was also not very good.
Deron Williams: F
Once Deron Williams checked into the game for the Nets in the first quarter, things started going wrong. He had too many really bad turnovers in the first half and was not doing anything on defense either. He didn’t even have an assist until 4th quarter garbage time.
The Nets will have a quick turnaround and be in Indiana for another very difficult game tomorrow night. FRWD will have full coverage of the game.