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No KD? No problem. Nets roll the Pistons.

It looks as if the Nets have started to find their groove, and it certainly helps when you can play inferior opponents. The Nets were in complete control from the start of the second quarter and not even an ejection of Kevin Durant could deter Brooklyn from collecting a dominating 117-91 victory.

Sunday night saw the Nets get off to a strong start offensively, something that has been an issue for the team early in the season.

Durant as usual started the game hot as he dropped a quick 9 points in the opening frame. Kevin was locked into a rhythm all night until the third quarter when he was awarded a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected for throwing a forearm at Piston C Kelly Olynyk’s head.

Despite the ejection, Durant still led all scorers with 23 points in the game on a very efficient 10-13 shooting. The Nets even ended the 3rd quarter on an 11-6 run after the ejection.

With each passing game, James Harden looks to be getting closer and closer to his old self. He, like Durant also started the game off on a good foot. In 9 first-quarter minutes, Harden was already on triple-double watch with 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The second and third quarters are where Harden found his groove offensively, connecting on a few threes and getting his teammates involved. He capped off his night with a lob to Deandre’ Bembry to secure his first triple-double of the season (18 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists).

The biggest positive in the game for Brooklyn was their role players. LaMarcus Aldridge (16 points) continued his strong start to the season as he once again proved lethal in the mid-range. Joe Harris (12 points, 4 rebounds) hit on a pair of threes in one of his better games on the season.

Jevon Carter and Deandre’ Bembry came up huge for the team off the bench and were the catalysts behind a 10-0 run in the second quarter. For the game, Carter had 8 points and knocked down a pair of threes. He had been 2-14 shooting from deep and 2-20 overall from the field on the season. Bembry poured in 15 points and pulled down 7 boards as well.

Although nights like Sunday are fun and easy, the Nets will have a much tougher task in their next game as they take on Trae Young and the Hawks.


Other Nets Notes:

  • The Nets shot a franchise record 65.3% from the field in the victory (previous high: 65.2% on 4/17/82 at Detroit)
  • Brooklyn has won 10 straight games in which Harden posted a triple-double
Justin Thomas is a graduate of Temple University. While there, he was an on-air sports talk host for W.H.I.P as well as sports reporter for the Temple yearbook. Over the past few years, Justin has written for a few publications including Sports Illustrated. On top of writing for ESNY, Justin is also a Senior Writer for NetsRepublic.com and has had work featured on Bleacher Report.