Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 95, Celtics 83
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets won the Battle of New York on Monday -- then engaged in a Beantown Brawl with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.
Kris Humphries and Rajon Rondo were ejected, while Gerald Wallace and Kevin Garnett each received technicals -- Wallace's his second T of the night leading to him being thrown out -- after they engaged in a shoving match late in the second quarter.
The fiasco clearly overshadowed Brooklyn's dominant 95-83 victory over Boston.
The Nets (10-4) have won four straight games and improved to 2-0 against the Celtics (8-7) this season.
Boston may have captured the Atlantic Division in five straight seasons, but Brooklyn made an early-season statement that it won't be pushed around.
THE DIFFERENCE: The Nets shot just 39.5 percent overall, but outscored the Celtics 30-3 from 3-point range. They led by as many as 21.
KILLER CROSSOVER JOE: Joe Johnson dominated Paul Pierce with a series of low crossover dribbles in the fourth quarter before drilling a pull-up jumper. The play highlighted an 18-point effort for Johnson, who was coming off a 3-for-12 outing against the New York Knicks. Pierce shot just 4-for-13 in this one.
ZERO HERO: With Brook Lopez in early foul trouble, Andray Blatche came in and grabbed eight of his 13 rebounds in the first quarter. Lopez ended up snagging 10 boards of his own to go along with nine points in just 17 minutes. He appeared to tweak his right foot in the third quarter.
IS THAT YOU BRUCE? No. It wasn't Bruce Bowen. But Jerry Stackhouse was draining Bowen's favorite shot -- the corner 3-pointer -- with ease. Stackhouse (season-high 17 points) hit five corner 3s on Wednesday night and now has nine triples in his last two games.
BENCH MOB: They outscored Boston's bench, 52-18.
AND SO IT CONTINUES: As in, Deron Williams' shooting struggles. D-Will and his sprained right wrist produced just a 3-for-12 shooting line. He's connecting at just a 32.4 percent clip from the field in his last eight games. Williams added seven assists and four rebounds.
CLOSING STRONG: The Nets closed the first quarter on a 19-6 run to take a 28-20 lead into the second.
CAROM COUNTER: Through 14 games, Lopez has grabbed 95 rebounds.
BROOKLYN'S BETTER: Apparently that's what fans in Milwaukee were chanting at the New York Knicks. Wonder if they were Nets fans.
UP NEXT: Nets at Magic, Friday night.