The Nets (11-21) defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder (25-7) Thursday by a final score of 95-93.
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The Nets started a small lineup with two point guards, as Shaun Livingston started alongside Deron Williams, enabling Williams to play off the ball more.
D-Will responded with his best offensive game of the year, scoring a season-high 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including a season-high six three-pointers.
Deron also had a career-high five steals on the night to boot.
The Nets shook off a rocky second quarter and erased a double-digit deficit to take a late fourth-quarter lead, surviving OKC’s late rally to escape with the W.
Kevin Durant got into some foul trouble throughout the second half, but he still scored a team-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting for the Thunder in 34 minutes.
Jon Presser, ContributorThe Nets got off to a good start, as they actually led 29-26 after the first quarter with Williams leading the way. However, the Nets turned it over seven times in the second quarter, and OKC outscored them 33-15 in the second to take a 15-point lead into halftime. It looked like it was going to be the same old story.
However, Brooklyn chipped away at the Thunder lead in the second half, and they were able to erase the deficit and take the lead with about two minutes remaining as D-Will’s hot shooting and clutch buckets put them in a position to win as he put up arguably his best game of the season. Even after the Thunder tied it up with 5.8 seconds remaining, Joe Johnson stunned the home crowd with a tough buzzer-beater over the long reach of Serge Ibaka to give the Nets an exhilarating victory.
After trailing by as many as 16 points at their nadir, the Nets outscored the Thunder 22-18 in the third and 29-16 in the fourth to cap off an improbable comeback against of the NBA’s best teams. It wasn’t quite as emphatic a victory as last January 2, but the Nets will gladly take it. The win last year in Oklahoma City arguably turned Brooklyn’s season around, and they would love for that to become a trend.
The Nets will be back in action Saturday night, as they return home to the Barclays Center to host the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.