DENVER -- A blowout loss one night, a rout in their favor the next.
Just as the Brooklyn Nets didn’t believe the sky was falling after a 44-point disaster at Portland on Wednesday night, they weren’t trying to overrate their 112-89 win against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
“I don’t know how much you can take away from it,” Nets forward Joe Johnson said. “It just felt like a pick-up game, man. It didn’t feel like a real game. But I’m glad that we got the win.”
For most of the Nets, the root of the Portland loss was easy to diagnose.
“Once we looked at the film, we didn’t play hard,” point guard Deron Williams said. “The film doesn’t lie.”
The Nets exploded to a 29-8 lead after the first quarter en route to evening their record to 3-3 on a seven-game road swing that ends Saturday in Milwaukee. It was a stark contrast from the uninspired effort at Portland.
“The team that showed up yesterday wasn’t us,” Williams said. “It wasn’t who we wanted to be. We had to come out with an effort tonight.”
Despite having a veteran-laden roster with championship pedigree, Nets coach Jason Kidd wasn’t about to let the team police itself after the drubbing.
“Jason gave us a great talk today,” Johnson said. “He chewed us out about last night and the poor performance defensively and not moving the ball offensively. Guys came out with a different attitude.”
Final thought: “We have to build on this win. We can’t go lay an egg against Milwaukee now,” said Williams, whose team will end a 19-day hiatus from home Monday against the Chicago Bulls.