Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nets 109, Sixers 89
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: All season, the third quarter has been the Brooklyn Nets’ Achilles' heel.
It wasn’t Tuesday night.
The Nets outscored the Philadelphia 76ers 35-14 in the third and rolled to a 109-89 victory at Wells Fargo Center.
Brooklyn (20-15) now has won four games in a row and improved to 6-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
DOMINANT-WILL: Deron Williams had his fourth straight All-Star caliber performance, notching 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Williams went in averaging 19.3 points and 10 assists in his previous three games.
GLASS MAN: Reggie Evans snared a career-high 23 rebounds in 27 minutes. At one point, he was outrebounding the entire Sixers team by himself. Evans had 16 rebounds in the first half, becoming the first Net to have that many boards since Jayson Williams on Nov. 13, 1997.
DRAY: Andray Blatche, who was questioned by police in the morning as part of an ongoing investigation of sexual assault at a Philadelphia hotel, finished with 20 points in 22 minutes off the bench. Blatche heard a couple of boos when he checked in at the 3:31 mark of the first quarter. He missed his first shot badly but used a nice up-and-under fake to score inside on his next attempt.
NOT A MISPRINT: The Nets opened the third quarter on an 18-2 run. Brooklyn went 14-for-19 from the field in the third -- 4-for-5 from 3-point range. As a result, the Nets turned a one-point halftime lead into a 22-point cushion entering the fourth.
HE’S BACK: Kris Humphries returned after missing the previous two games due to a sprained left ankle.
UP NEXT: Nets versus Suns on Friday night at 7:30 ET.