It was a Nets offensive showcase Friday as Brooklyn blew out Oklahoma City, 147-125. with KD resting on the bench in the Sooner State. With the win, the Nets extended their winning streak to four games, tying their season-high win streak, and have won eight of their last 10. As Brooklyn picked up their first win against OKC since 2017, the team improved to 13-8 while the Thunder fell to 8-10.
Brooklyn had their foot on the gas pedal throughout the game, breaking ity open in the opening minutes of the second. The Nets scored 76 points in the first half, marking the second-most points in the first half since the team relocated to Brooklyn. In fact, the Nets 147 points matched a franchise record for most points scored in a regulation game. (The Nets tallied 147 points on April 17, 1982 at Detroit.)
“Shots fell for us. But we also didn’t turn the ball over and created a lot of opportunities. The guys did their job. Played well and kept separation,” said Steve Nash post-game.
“We’re getting there. … We’re slowly inching forward on both ends of the floor,” Nash added. “We struggled defensively at times, but we’re getting more solid with our game plan defensively. Offensively, you’re starting to see a little more flow. You’re seeing James [Harden] able to manage the game like that and manipulate the defense.”
And after the bench scored only two points in the first half against the Hawks Wednesday, non-starters put up 22 of the 76 first-half points Friday Friday. At the same time, Kyrie Irving and James Harden combined for 28.
The Nets followed the same script in the second half. The offense continued to flow smoothly, piling up 39 third-quarter points. Only once in franchise history had a Nets team scored more points through three quarters, back on March 6 of last year against the San Antonio Spurs (120), Kenny Atkinson’s last game as head coach. Finally, with 4:44 left in the fourth, Steve Nash cleared the bench.
Harden finished with a triple-double of 25 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes, his third in eight games. With the win, the Nets are now 6-2 with “The Beard” on their team.
“Very, very great,” Harden said following the win. “The ball was moving, we were active on both ends of the floor, coaches drew up a beautiful game plan and we executed on both ends of the ball. We like to see carry-over. In the last few games, we’ve seen carry-over, especially on the defensive end and it is showing so we just got to keep it up.”
Irving put together a strong performance on both ends of the floor, scoring 25 points to go along with seven assists and five rebounds in 34 minutes of play.
“They were both incredible,” Nash said of his superstar backcourt. “James manages the game so well. Spreads the floor. Scores, assists, rebounds. Gets his hands on balls defensively. Kyrie was just… incredible shot-making. He was able to make some plays with the basketball. Such a threat out there and so difficult for defenses to contain.”
Joe Harris had a bounce-back performance Friday, scoring 20 points in 33 minutes of play, finishing his night shooting 5-of-9 from deep and going 7-of-13 overall. While Harris quickly snapped out of his short shooting funk, Landry Shamet had a breakout game of 11 points, hitting 3-of-7 shooting from deep in 18 minutes off the bench. Shamet had not played in four of the Nets’ last five games heading into Friday’s win.
Adding to the offensive show, four other Nets finished in double-figures: DeAndre Jordan (10 points), Bruce Brown (19 points), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (13 points), and Reggie Perry (10 points). Perry also garnered 11 boards. In fact, the nine players in double figures were the most in Nets history, typing a franchise record that was nearly 40 years old.
“It’s very satisfying anytime you get a win but anytime the whole team plays well, we can do some great things with this group,” Irving said following the win. “That is what stands out of the rest. I’m definitely proud of our guys for competing on both ends of the floor and not letting the foot off the gas pedal.”
“It’s huge for us, man. It was fun to be out there,” said a gleeful Brown in the postgame presser. “We was laughing, playing hard, joking around. We were loose, we had fun. And everyone got in, so that was fun.”
As a team, the Nets finished the win shooting 57 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from behind the arc while recording 12 turnovers.
For the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 24 points in 31 minutes followed by Theo Maledon, who impressed with 24 points on 8-of-9 shooting overall and 6-of-6 from deep. The Thunder shot 46.5 percent overall and 42.1 percent from deep as a team in the loss.
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James Harden was masterful as an all-around performer in the city that birthed his NBA journey. He was everywhere. Hitting step backs. Slinging crosscourt passes. Engulfing rebounds.