There was no team in the NBA that needed a win more than the Brooklyn Nets did on Tuesday night. Luckily, for them, they were playing the Toronto Raptors – an Atlantic Division opponent.
That alone was good enough for the Brooklyn Nets to snap their five-game losing streak Tuesday night with an unimpressive 102-100 victory over the Raptors. More importantly, it WAS just enough.
However, it didn’t come without any late-game drama, because, well, they’re the Nets. Brooklyn nearly blew a 15-point lead with 3:13 left – an Amir Johnson missed a three-pointer and Steve Novak missed a tip-in before the final buzzer finally clinched the win after the Nets had to sweat out the last few minutes. SIGH.
Though, it should be noted that the Nets didn’t have Deron Williams (ankle), Brook Lopez (ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (back) nor Jason Terry (knee) — who were all out due to injury. It’s still not known when exactly each of them will return, but the Nets kicked off a rough stretch of their schedule – four games in five nights – on the right foot (no pun intended).
THE GOODS: Andray Blatche finished with 24 points, Kevin Garnett (12 points, six rebounds, four assists) had his second double-digit scoring game of the season and Paul Pierce (16 points) picked up his play after four straight ugly outings on his part. Progress. Mason Plumlee (nine points) and Alan Anderson (six points) provided much needed production off the bench.
THE HORIZON: For the 4-10 Nets, it doesn’t get much easier. Brooklyn hosts the Lakers tonight, Houston on Friday and Memphis on Saturday. We’re going to find out pretty quickly if the Nets have really turned a corner.