Part of Brooklyn’s resurgence this month has been due, in large part, to the team trusting each other on both ends of the court and buying into first-year coach Jason Kidd’s plan.
The Brooklyn Nets continued their winning ways Tuesday by sweeping a back-to-back set for the first time this season, beating the Orlando Magic 101-90 a night after routing the crosstown rival New York Knicks.
”It’s a sign that we’re showing consistency with what we’re trying to do around here,” said Nets forward Paul Pierce, who along with Joe Johnson, the other forward in Kidd’s small lineup, chipped 13 points apiece.
Andray Blatche had another great game off the bench, scoring a team-high 18 points, and reserve forward Mirza Teletovic added 14 points as the Nets won for the eighth time in nine games.
”We’re not only winning, but we’re pretty convincingly turning it on in the third quarter with the defense, the way we’re moving the ball, Pierce said. ”That’s what we want. That’s all he wants out of us, night in, night out, a consistent effort. That’s what we’re trying to do especially in back-to-backs.”
The Nets’ 8-1 start in January is an NBA best after a disappointing 10-21 start to their second season in Brooklyn. The Nets improved to 2-6 in the second game of a back-to-back.
Once again, Kidd stuck with the same starting unit since Deron Williams went down with an ankle injury. Kidd’s starting five of Pierce, Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Alan Anderson and Shaun Livingston improved to 6-0. Associated Press
Major props to the Nets for coming together even after losing Brook Lopez for the season. Welcome to the party, Brooklyn. We missed you. – AL