On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Dallas Mavericks by a final score of 113-96.
The Skinny: Brook Lopez came out of box well for Brooklyn and was able to score the teams first nine points and get the Nets in a flow. After that good start Brooklyn went completely cold and fell behind by as many as 10 points. Lopez saved the Nets with 15 points and four rebounds in the first. Nets shot a miserable 9-for-25 which was 36 percent from the field and were down 32-22 after one.
The second unit picked up the defense a bit, then the offense started to flow better and ran out to a 12-4 run to start the quarter. Andray Blatche continued the good play at center for Brooklyn going 6-for-6 in the quarter and even played extended minutes with Lopez on the floor. Nets dominated inside with 36 points and 22 rebounds between Lopez/Blatche and Evans at half. The Nets shot 42 percent to the Mavs 52 percent and the game was tied at the half at 51.
There was not much defense being played early in the third as both teams traded baskets for most of the quarter. Lopez continued to dominate inside while the Mavs were very balanced. Deron Williams came alive 13 points in the third and helped the Nets to a 34-26 quarter. Nets led 85-77 after three.
Dallas made a run to start the fourth but Williams scored 10 points in a row to help the Nets keep their lead. Lopez helped Williams on the offensive end while Reggie Evans grabbed everything that came off the rim. Williams hit from all over the court in the fourth. The Nets outscored Dallas 28-19 in the fourth to win going away 113-96.
High Scorers: Brook Lopez led the Nets with a season high 38 points while Dirk Nowitzki scored a team high 16 points for Dallas.
Key Stats: The Nets big men dominated the paint scoring 52 points and grabbing 15 rebounds between Lopez and Blatche alone. Reggie Evans cleaned up on the glass with 22 rebounds.
Who Was Hot: Brook Lopez got off to a hot start with 15 first quarter points and ended with 38 points. Deron Williams got hot and scored 26 points in the second to end the game with 31 points and dished out six assists.
Who Was Not: Joe Johnson was a quiet 4-12 from the field and scored only nine points. Mike James was a bit worse at 4-14 for Dallas and ended the game with 12 points.
Fun Fact: The Nets are 14-0 on the road when leading after three quarters this season.
John Paolantonio, SNYNets.comThe Nets came out with a sense of urgency and made an emphasis to get the ball down low to Brook Lopez and it paid off big time. Lopez had 15 points after one and a season-high 38 points while grabbing 11 rebounds in a dominating performance.
Deron Williams had a quiet first half for the Nets with five points while both Lopez and Andray Blatche had a field day in the paint. P.J. Carlesimo finally played Blatche and Lopez together for a bit in the second quarter and it worked out very well for Brooklyn as Blatche had 14 first half points to help Lopez.
Williams got a bit more involved offensively in the second half and lit the Mavericks up in the fourth, scoring 10 straight points, and did so with a hop in his step. He thoroughly enjoyed the way he was putting the Mavericks away and was hitting from everywhere late.
Great win on the road for the Nets with many different elements of the game to be very satisfied with.
Brooklyn (40-28) is back in action Friday night in LA to play the Clippers. The 10:30 p.m. game will be televised on the YES Network.
John Paolantoniois a Contributor to SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter @pingshoops.