The Nets (1-0) defeated the Wizards (0-1) by a score of 111-106 in overtime.
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The Nets led by four at the break, and as many as 13 in the third, but Washington pulled even in the fourth, and Glen Rice slammed home the tying bucket with .5 seconds to play to force OT.
Brook Lopez racked up 15 points (6-of-7 from the field, 3-of-4 from the line).
Paul Pierce had three points, three assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block, while Kevin Garnett had four points, seven rebounds, an assist, and a block.
Tyshawn Taylor (16), Teletovic (15), Andray Blatche (14), Alan Anderson (13), and Andrei Kirilenko (11) all had double digit points off the bench.
Brian ErniJason Kidd stayed true to his word, and the Nets starters played “12-ish minutes”; all four active first teamers played their 12 in the first half. That included Pierce, who drained the first Brooklyn bucket of the season: a patented pull up jumper just 15 seconds into the contest.
Garnett may have only gotten a few shifts on the floor, but he was mesmerizing to watch on the bench. He popped up from his seat as the second unit went to work, but my favorite moment? He held a team huddle…while play was still going on. Folks, these are not last year’s Nets. KG is bringing the heat and he’s holding everyone accountable one Day One.
Livingston looked very effective among the top unit, including one dazzling behind-the-back feed to Lopez that ultimately allowed Brook to draw a foul and get to the line. Livingston gives the Nets undeniable size when he’s in the lineup with the starters, which affords the Nets even more options. As they try to ensure D-Will’s health during the season, don’t be surprised if the team gives Livingston his first share of time with the first team.
Disappointing debut for Plumlee. He made some brutal mistakes down the stretch, including an ill-advised foul and three missed free throws. He’ll have to be better to get serious consideration for the final cut. On the bright side, he did score five points in overtime.
Baller moment of the game: Reggie Evans pulled down three consecutive rebounds on one play in the third before eventually drawing a foul to get himself to the line. He missed one of two…don’t act like you’re surprised. Honorable mention to Teletovic’s fourth quarter tomahawk slam off a miss.
The Nets will be back in action against the Detroit Pistons Saturday night at the Barclays Center.