Friday, January 21, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Nets 89, Pistons 74
By Mike Mazzeo
Recap | Box score | Photos
WHAT IT MEANS: New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prohkorov needs to attend more games. The Nets defeated the Detroit Pistons 89-74 Friday night at the Prudential Center to improve to 5-1 when the Russian billionaire sits in his luxury perch over midcourt. They also established their first winning streak since Dec. 19-21. The Nets, who improved to 12-31 overall, are now 9-10 on their home court. They shot 50 percent from the field, while limiting the Pistons to just 33.3 percent. New Jersey also outrebounded Detroit 44-35.
TURNING POINT: The Nets gained some distance from the Pistons with a surge late in the third quarter. With the score knotted up at 53, Travis Outlaw sparked a 9-2 run with a 3-pointer and the Nets never looked back.
MORROW IMPACT: Shooting guard Anthony Morrow, who missed the last 17 games with a hamstring injury, finally returned to the lineup. He missed his first four shots but ended up connecting on his next four -- including a pair of 3-pointers -- which allowed the Nets to establish a 12-point edge with 10:15 remaining in the fourth quarter. They ended up leading by as many as 18. Morrow finished with 10 points in 14 minutes.
BALANCED ATTACK: The Nets had seven players score in double figures in their 103-95 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. On Friday night, they had four. Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 15 points, Devin Harris had 12 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Kris Humphries notched yet another double-double with 11 points and 12 boards.
MR. AGGRESSIVE: Remember when head coach Avery Johnson said he wanted Lopez to grab 8.9 rebounds per game the rest of the way? Well, he got off to a great start, snagging four boards in the first eight minutes of the contest. But when the game ended, Lopez was still stuck on four. Typical.
NO. 12: The Nets won just 12 games all of last season. But this season, it took them just 43 games to accomplish the dubious feat. After the game, a reporter asked Harris how many wins the Nets had. "12?" he responded, then laughed. "Sweet." "It does mean a lot," Harris added. "Not so much to the guys that are here, much more to the guys that were here last year. It's not something we're thinking about or talking about, but in the back of my mind, it was there." Then he laughed again.
UP NEXT: The return of Jason Kidd. The Nets’ former superstar point guard and his Dallas Mavericks invade Newark for a Saturday night matchup. Kidd is averaging 8.1 points and 8.4 assists per game for the Mavs (27-15), who came into Friday holding the fourth seed in the Western Conference.