The Brooklyn Nets looked in rhythm offensively in their win over the Atlanta Hawks
This is the version of the Brooklyn Nets fans have been waiting for. It wasn’t perfect, nor was it always pretty, but the offense is starting to find its groove.
Kevin Durant was the center of this heliocentric offense once again, ripping up the Atlanta defense for 32 points on 20 shots. Durant’s star shined throughout the game, but his supporting cast showed out at different points too.
James Harden rebounded from scoring just three points in the first half to finishing with 15 points and 11 assists. The former MVP is still trying to feel his way out this season as he adjusts to new officiating tendencies and works himself into shape after rehabbing from a hamstring injury.
Thankfully for the Nets, Patty Mills was there to add 11 second-half points as well. This performance was a step in the right direction for the entire team.
The offense is starting to show flashes of those “what the hell just happened?” moments where the Nets blow open a game in the blink of an eye. Brooklyn closed out the first quarter with a 17-4 run and the third frame with a 20-4 stretch.
There is definitely some more tinkering that Nets coach Steve Nash will need to do before scary hours are back in Brooklyn, but there are positive signs.
The defense has been…surprisingly good so far this season. That continued as Brooklyn suffocated Trae Young. Sure, he had 21 points and 10 assists, but he was just 6-for-22 from the floor. That’s a lot of empty possessions for Atlanta.
The Nets have won four of their last five after the sky was falling after their 1-2 start. Buckle up, folks, it’s a long season.
Other Nets Notes:
- Trae Young and James Harden have been two of the biggest targets of the changing officiating. Young shot eight free throws to Harden’s one on Wednesday.
- The Nets debuted their City Edition jerseys and court. The colors are an homage to the franchise’s days in New Jersey.
- The Nets are UNDEFEATED in their City Edition jerseys (1-0).
- DeAndre’ Bembry continues to provide solid minutes off the bench. He was a team-high +18 in 15 minutes of action.
- De’Andre Hunter scored a season-high 26 points on 10-or-11 from the field and 6-for-6 from three.
- Brooklyn will run it back against the Pistons (who they beat on Sunday) Friday night in Detroit (7:10 p.m. ET).