Stats & Info: Brooklyn Nets

Explaining D-Will's struggles in Brooklyn

May, 15, 2014
May 15

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesDeron Williams and the Nets have won one playoff series since Williams joined the team in Feb. 2011.

When the then-New Jersey Nets acquired Deron Williams in a trade with the Utah Jazz back in Feb. 2011, the move was thought to be the first of many to propel the Nets into Eastern Conference contenders for years to come. Things haven't quite worked out that way.

After averaging a career-best 24.3 points per game during the 2009-10 playoffs (when Williams led the Jazz to a series win over Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets), Williams has seen his post-season production drop off each season since joining the Nets.

Postseason Problems

Williams has seen his points, assists and shooting percentage all drop each postseason since leaving Utah. This year, Williams posted career, post-season lows in all three.

This postseason was the same story for Williams. The Nets' point guard saw his effective field goal percentage drop seven percentage points (52% to 45%). Williams especially struggled on the road in the playoffs this season. His net rating fell from 13.6 in Brooklyn to -3.6 away from home.

Losing his pick-and-roll touch

In Utah, Williams excelled in Jerry Sloan's famed pick-and-roll offense, running alongside Carlos Boozer to four straight post-season appearances. Since taking the lead for the Nets' offense, Williams has failed to find his rhythm in the pick and roll.

While Williams has averaged slightly more pick-and-roll plays per game since joining the Nets, his numbers have gone down across the board. But the blame may not be all on Williams in this case. When he ran the pick and roll this season, Williams and his teammates shot just above 45%. But in his final full season in Utah, the pick-and-roll offense produced a field goal percentage of nearly 50% with Williams running the show.

Williams left his jumper in Utah

After shooting 40% on jump shots in all but one of his five-and-a-half seasons with the Jazz, Williams has yet to finish with a field goal percentage at 40% since joining the Nets (just short this season at 39.7%).

Despite posting his best jump shooting season since moving to Brooklyn, Williams' shooting woes returned in the playoffs this year. Williams shot only 33.7% on jumpers, the worst percentage among Nets' starters during the postseason.

Williams had a night to especially forget in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Heat. The Nets' floor general finished 0-for-9 in the game, including 0-for-5 on jump shots.

Williams was held scoreless for the first time in 702 regular-season and playoff games in which he played at least 15 minutes. The last time he didn't score was Jan. 30, 2006, when he played nine minutes against the Spurs.

Top stats to know: Heat 96, Nets 94

May, 14, 2014
May 14
The Miami Heat are good at closing teams out — whether that means closing them out in a game, or closing them out in a series. They added another win to their close-out ledger by edging the Nets in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

The Heat are 9-0 at home in series-clinching games in the James-Wade-Bosh era. They have won eight of nine games overall in these playoffs, matching their record from the first two rounds last year. The Heat are also 12-2 all-time in postseason against the Nets.

They are the first team to reach four straight conference finals since the Pistons made six straight from 2003 to 2008.

The Heat also improved to 13-0 all-time in the playoffs when each of their “Big 3” play and combine for at least 70 points.

Difference in the series: The fourth quarter
The Heat separated themselves from the Nets in the fourth quarter all series long, and especially in Game 5. Miami outscored Brooklyn 30-19 in the final stanza Wednesday, finishing the game on a 13-3 run.

Miami outscored Brooklyn by an average of 6.4 points in the fourth quarter and shot a considerably better percentage from the field, the free throw line and three-point range.

Heat find their range
After shooting 1 for 16 from three-point range in the first half, the Heat made eight three-pointers in the second half, five of which were uncontested. Chris Bosh led the way, making 4 of his 5 three-point attempts in the second half.

Ray Allen’s three-pointer with 32 seconds left gave the Heat the lead for good, their first lead in the game since the first half.

Difference-Maker: Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade’s 20 first-half points matched his most in a half this regular season or postseason. He finished with 28 points for the game, eight coming on drives to the basket.

Wade averaged 4.4 points on drives in the first eight games this postseason.

LeBron's impact comes on defense
Joe Johnson shot 6 for 6 when guarded by LeBron James in the first 43 minutes of the game, but in the final five minutes against James, Johnson was 0 for 2 a turnover, and James prevented a Johnson shot attempt in the game’s final moments.

Keys to victory: Heat 102, Nets 96

May, 12, 2014
May 12
LeBron James carried the Heat to a victory in Game 4
The Brooklyn Nets hung with the Miami Heat for 47 minutes despite a brilliant game by LeBron James.

But in the end, the Heat had another trick up their sleeve, as a player who had done little for much of the game came through with the clutch basket.

The Heat are now 7-1 this postseason and have won 10 straight playoff games that immediately followed a loss following their Game 4 win over the Nets.

It was LeBron’s night
James scored 49 points, tying his career-best in postseason play (he also had 49 against the Magic with the Cavaliers in 2009). The 49 are a Heat record in any postseason game.

James also had six rebounds, making him the first to have a 49/6 combo on the road since Charles Barkley for the Phoenix Suns in 1994.

James has had three 40-point playoff games since joining the Heat. All three have come on the road.

The Heat took an approach in this game of going as far as James would carry them. He had 89 offensive touches in Game 4. He averaged 56 touches per game in the first three games of the series.

James scored 34 of his 49 points on plays when he attacked the basket (cuts, drives, post ups and putbacks). James shot 11-of-12 in the restricted area compared with 5-of-12 on his jump shots in Game 3.

The game-deciding shot
Chris Bosh drained the three-pointer that put the Heat ahead for good in the final minute.

Bosh had 16 clutch-time three-pointers this season (shots that came in the final five minutes, with the score within five points), tied with Paul Pierce for third-most in the NBA.

Nets go cold down the stretch
The Nets were outscored 13-7 in the final 4:24 of the game. They only managed one basket in that span.

The shot chart below shows how much the Nets struggled in the fourth quarter.

Looking ahead
Teams that hold a 3-1 lead in a best-of-7 series go on to win the series 96 percent of the time. Only eight teams have overcome a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA playoff series.

Keys to victory: Nets 104, Heat 90

May, 11, 2014
May 11
Behind a strong effort from their offense, the Brooklyn Nets bounced back in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to hand the Miami Heat their first loss this postseason, 104-90.

Deron Williams recovered from his scoreless outing in Game 2 with 9 points and 11 assists, his first double digit assist game of this postseason. Joe Johnson scored 19 points and Paul Pierce 14.

The Heat had not faced a fourth-quarter deficit in the 2014 playoffs and their first postseason loss since Game 5 of last year's NBA Finals. The loss matches the Heat's fifth biggest postseason loss in the Big-3 era (since 2010-11).

The Nets are now 2-10 all-time against Miami in the playoffs. The Heat had been an unsolvable riddle for the Nets before snapping a six-game playoff losing streak versus them.

James quiet after big first quarter
LeBron James scored 28 points for the Heat, his most in a game this series. He scored 16 points in the first quarter but had 12 the rest of the game. A key difference was his inability to make jump shots.

He was 4-of-5 shooting when Paul Pierce guarded him in the first quarter.

The rest of the series, James is 4-of-11 against Pierce, including 0-of-2 in the last three quarters of Game 3.

Nets strong from three-point line

The Nets were 15-25 from the three-point line (60 percent from deep), their most makes in a playoff game in 25 seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the fifth time in NBA playoff history that a team has taken at least 25 three pointers and made 60 percent or more.

In Game 3, the Nets had 10 uncontested jump shots (47 total jumpers) and made eight (all assisted).

Heat struggle in the paint

Miami scored a postseason-low 26 points in the paint in Game 3. They had 43 PPG in the paint during the first two games of the series.

Keys to victory: Heat 94, Nets 82

May, 8, 2014
May 8
Behind a strong defense, the Heat took a 2-0 series lead as Miami heads to Brooklyn.

LeBron James and Ray Allen outshined the Nets, but the Heat's defense was the story. Miami held Deron Williams scoreless, the Nets point guard's first game without points since 2006.

Heat lock down Nets, Williams

Williams did not score Thursday night for the first time in 702 regular-season and playoff games in which he played at least 15 minutes. The last time he didn't score was Jan. 30, 2006, when he played nine minutes against the Spurs.

Williams was 5 of 8 on jump shots in Game 1, as only three were contested by Heat defenders. On Thursday, all five of his jumpers were contested.

The Heat improved to 34-2 this season when holding their opponent to an effective field goal percentage of 50 percent or worse. The Nets' effective field goal percentage was 47 percent Thursday.

LeBron overcomes Pierce's D

James scored 22 points on 50 percent shooting. He has shot at least 50 percent in each game this postseason. But James struggled when defended by Paul Pierce.

James was 3 of 8 when guarded by Pierce (6 of 10 against all other players and in transition). James' average field goal distance against Pierce was 18 feet Thursday, nine feet farther than his average distance on his other attempts.

Allen outshines former teammates

Ray Allen has outscored his former teammates, Pierce and Kevin Garnett, 32-25 combined in the first two games of the series. Allen is shooting 61 percent from the floor compared with 35 percent for Pierce and Garnett.

Keys to victory: Heat 107, Nets 86

May, 6, 2014
May 6
The four regular-season wins the Brooklyn Nets had over the Miami Heat proved to be irrelevant to Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup.

The Heat remained the only unbeaten team in this year’s playoffs, asserting their dominance with a 21-point win over the Nets.

The Heat never led the Nets by more than seven points in any of their regular-season meetings, but won by triple that in this contest.

Difference in the game: Points in the paint
The Heat outscored the Nets 52-28 in the paint, their most paint points scored against the Nets in any game this season. LeBron James scored as many points in the paint (10) in the first half as the whole Nets team en route to a 22-point night.

The Elias Sports Bureau noted that James became the youngest player in NBA history to record 4,000 playoff points. He’s also one of three players to have 4,000 points, 900 rebounds and 900 assists in postseason play. The other two are Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

Big Three plays some defense
The Nets were 7-for-21 (1-for-8 from 3-point range) when shooting against James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. They shot 49 percent from the field when shooting against anyone else.

Ray Allen makes up for past struggles
Ray Allen scored 19 points off the bench for the Heat, more than anyone scored for the Nets in this game. He totaled 13 points in the first four games between the teams this season.

Garnett a nonfactor
Kevin Garnett had a double-double in Game 7 against the Toronto Raptors but was held scoreless in this contest. It is the first time in his 139-game playoff career that he did not score.

Top stats to know: Nets vs Heat

May, 4, 2014
May 4
The most popular stat of the second round figures to be that the Brooklyn Nets went 4-0 against the Miami Heat in the regular season.

That was the most wins by any team in a season against the Heat in the “Big 3 era”.

The Heat had dominated the Nets the previous three seasons, winning all nine meetings, but 2013-14 was a little different.

How the Nets won in the regular season:
Slow it down, limit fast breaks and second chances

Why did the Heat struggle against the Nets this season?

The Nets forced the Heat to play at a slower pace, as the Heat averaged nearly five-and-a-half fewer possessions per game against the Nets than they did against all other teams.

The Nets averaged nearly six more possessions per game against all other teams than they do against the Heat this season.

The Nets played great defense against the Heat, holding them to nearly seven fewer points per 100 possessions compared to their games against all other teams.

How did they defend them so well?

The Heat averaged just 8.5 fast-break points and 3.8 second-chance points per game against the Nets, much below their averages against all other teams.

The Nets allowed more than 13 second-chance points per game against all teams this season.

Difference-Maker: Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce averaged 21.3 points in four games against the Heat, his highest scoring average against any team this season.

Pierce shot 45 percent from the field and made the most of his free-throw opportunities, converting 24 of 27 foul shots.

Pierce’s best game against the Heat this season was a 29-point effort on March 12, his most points in any regular-season game against them since scoring 36 on March 18, 2009.

The last time Pierce faced the Heat in the playoffs was in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat made life tough for him that series, holding him to 45 for 131 shooting from the field (34 percent) over the seven games.

What does the history show?
Only three teams have ever won the NBA title after being swept 4-0 by a single team during the regular season—the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons(swept by the New York Knicks), the 1994-1995 Houston Rockets (swept by both the Seattle SuperSonics and Los Angeles Lakers) and the 2000-2001 Lakers (swept by the SuperSonics).

The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the Nets will be the third team that swept a defending champ to meet that champ in a postseason series. In the other two instances, the sweeper (the 1995-96 SuperSonics and 2002-2003 Spurs) beat the champ (Rockets and Lakers) and ended up advancing to the NBA Finals.

Top stats to know: Raptors at Nets

May, 2, 2014
May 2

Credit: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan DenetteDeMar DeRozan and the Raptors take on the Nets in Game 6 Friday night

The Brooklyn Nets will try to avoid elimination at home Friday night against the Toronto Raptors on ESPN2.

Here are the top stats to know for each team heading into Game 6.

The Nets are 0-4 all-time as an NBA franchise in best-of-7 series when trailing 3-2.

They are trying to be the first Eastern Conference 6-seed to beat a 3-seed since the Nets beat the Raptors in the 2007 first round. Current Nets head coach Jason Kidd averaged a triple-double in that series with 14 PPG, 10 RPG and 13.2 APG.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have 277 games worth of playoff experience while the entire Raptors roster has just 202. The Nets duo has combined for 5,467 points in their postseason careers, more than four and a half times that of the Raptors roster (1,208).

Experience isn’t everything in this series, however. The Nets were outscored by 31 points in 24 minutes with Pierce on the court in Game 5, his worst plus-minus in any game since May 10, 2008, against the Cavaliers.

Deron Williams is averaging 23.0 points and 1.5 turnovers per game in the two Nets victories. In their three losses Williams is averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 turnovers per game.

The Raptors are seeking their second playoff series win in franchise history. They defeated the New York Knicks in the first round in 2001. The Raptors’ 13 year drought is tied for the 2nd-longest active drought in the NBA. Only the Trail Blazers have gone longer without a playoff series win (14 years).

Kyle Lowry scored 17 of his career playoff high 36 points when guarded by Williams in Game 5. Lowry is now averaging 21.8 points per game in the series, five more points per game than Williams.

DeMar DeRozan registered his 4th straight 20-point playoff game in Game 5, the 2nd-longest streak in Raptors history behind (Vince Carter's 8.

Should the Raptors win this series, they will face the Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Raptors are 0-14 against the Heat in the James-Wade-Bosh era (start of the 2010-11 season).

Next Level nuggets from Saturday

April, 20, 2014
Apr 20
It was a wild opening to the NBA playoffs. Three of the four games were won by road teams, just the second time in NBA history that three road teams won Game 1 of the First Round on the first day of the postseason. It also happened in 1996.

Playoff games are all about matchups. Here are the biggest ones from the four Saturday games.

Nets 94, Raptors 87

Paul Pierce
The story of this game was Paul Pierce, who scored nine of his 15 points in the 4th quarter. Seven of those nine points were scored when Patrick Patterson was the primary defender.

DeMar DeRozan, however, had a much more disappointing day. He was 3-for-13 from the floor, including 1-for-9 on jump shots.

DeRozan averaged 9.6 points per game on jump shots during the regular season, tied for seventh best in the NBA..

Warriors 109, Clippers 105

Chris Paul scored 28 points Saturday, but struggled with Klay Thompson as his primary defender. Paul missed his first eight shots when guarded by Thompson, who also forced three of his six turnovers.

But Doc Rivers and the Clippers shouldn't want Paul to score that much. They now have seven wins and five losses this season when Paul scores 25 points or more. They're 37-12 when Paul scores fewer than 25.

Hawks 101, Pacers 93

Jeff Teague helped to snap the Hawks eight-game road playoff losing streak, scoring 28 points, a new playoff career high. 78 percent of his field goal attempts came on drives, and he scored 20 points on those shots (including free throws).

Teague averaged just 5.6 points per game on drives during the regular season.

Roy Hibbert, however, continued to struggle. Hibbert was 4-for-9 from the floor Saturday and has not made a shot outside the paint since April 4.

In his first 77 games this season, he shot 40 percent on such shots.

Thunder 100, Grizzlies 86

Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant had 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. That makes nine straight postseason games where Durant had 20 points, five rebounds and five assists, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NBA history.

The only Grizzlies player that could contain Durant Saturday was Tony Allen. He held Durant to 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (36 percent) Saturday, but Durant scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting (73 percent) against everyone else.

But we all knew Durant is good and would be tough to stop. What we didn't know was how bad the Grizzlies would be outside of the paint.

Memphis missed its first 18 shots from outside the paint Saturday before hitting their last attempt of the second quarter. The Thunder outscored the Grizzlies 23-3 outside the paint in the first half, making up most of Memphis' 22-point halftime deficit.

"Wow Stats" for every NBA Playoff series

April, 18, 2014
Apr 18
David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty ImagesKevin Durant has the fourth-highest postseason scoring average in NBA history.
The NBA playoffs get underway on Saturday. Before they do, here’s a stat you should know on each of the eight first-round series.

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs (8) Dallas Mavericks

• 29: The Spurs and Mavericks have played 29 playoff games dating back to the 2000-01 season, one behind the Spurs and Lakers for the most playoff games between two teams in that time. Dallas and San Antonio are separated by just 33 points over those 29 meetings, just over one point per game.

(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (7) Memphis Grizzlies
• 28.6: Kevin Durant is averaging 28.6 points per game in his playoff career. In NBA history, the only players with a higher playoff scoring average are Michael Jordan (33.4), Allen Iverson (29.7) and Jerry West (29.1).

(3) Los Angeles Clippers vs (6) Golden State Warriors
• 484: The “Splash Brothers”, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, have combined for 484 3-pointers this season, the most by a pair of teammates in a single NBA season. Whose record did they break? Their own (483 last season).

(4) Houston Rockets vs (5) Portland Trail Blazers
• 45.6: The Blazers allowed 45.6 points in the paint per game this season, the worst of any playoff team. Houston’s Dwight Howard averaged 13.1 paint points per game this season, fifth-most in the league.

(1) Indiana Pacers vs (8) Atlanta Hawks
• .480: Both teams went 12-13 in their final 25 games for a .480 winning percentage. Only two teams in NBA history were under .500 in their final 25 games and went on to win the NBA championship: the 1957-58 Hawks and 1994-95 Rockets.

(2) Miami Heat vs (7) Charlotte Bobcats
• 15: The Heat and Bobcats have met 15 times since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces before the 2010-11 season. Miami has won all 15. In that same time, Miami is 14-0 against the Raptors, a possible opponent in the next round.

(3) Toronto Raptors vs (6) Brooklyn Nets
• 2 and 3: On the morning of January 1st, the Raptors and Nets both had a losing record. Since then, however, they’ve been two of the Eastern Conference’s best. The Nets have the second-best win percentage since January 1 (.667), the Raptors are third (.642).

(4) Chicago Bulls vs (5) Washington Wizards
• 7.8: Nobody dominated the ball like John Wall this season. He averaged 7.8 minutes of possession per game, most in the league. That’s roughly 16 percent of a regulation game.

Picking the most clutch in NBA playoffs

April, 18, 2014
Apr 18
With the NBA playoffs starting Saturday, we’re bound to see tight games and pressure-packed situations. The question then becomes, whose hands do you want the ball in?

The top chart above shows each playoff team’s leader in clutch-time usage percentage this season, along with his true shooting percentage (which weighs three-point field goals greater and accounts for free throw shooting). Clutch-time is defined as situations in which the game is within five points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime.

The bottom chart shows each of those 16 players’ overall Player Efficiency Rating along with his PER in clutch-time situations.

Kevin Durant less efficient
Kevin Durant
First, no playoff team leans more on a player in clutch time than the Oklahoma City Thunder do with Kevin Durant. He’s the only one of the 16 who has a clutch-time usage percentage over 40 percent, and Durant’s is nearing 46 percent. However, his efficiency numbers drop off in crunch-time, as his PER drops from nearly 30 in all situations to just over 25 in crunch-time. That's still above league average, but it's below average among these 16 "go-to" guys.

His main opponent for league MVP, LeBron James, increases his already-high efficiency numbers in crunch-time, despite the Miami Heat leaning on him heavily.

Harden: Mister Clutch?
James Harden
Watch out for the Houston Rockets and James Harden. Harden has the highest clutch-time efficiency rating of the 16 players, with the second-highest usage rate. Mike Conley also ups his performance in crunch-time, which could put the Thunder on upset alert if the Memphis Grizzlies point guard gets hot late in their series.

Sticking with the Western Conference, Stephen Curry has hit all 31 of his crunch-time free throws this year, but has shot just 28 percent from 3-point range for the Golden State Warriors in those situations.

Who could struggle
Despite the Brooklyn Nets second-half surge, their clutch-time leader, Joe Johnson, is the worst of the 16 team leaders in terms of PER. LaMarcus Aldridge has also struggled in crunch-time for the Portland Trail Blazers, with an effective field goal percentage of 33 percent.

One of the main takeaways is that the crunch-time leader for the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks is not former NBA season and Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, but instead Monta Ellis, who has taken possessions at a slightly-higher rate than Nowitzki.

Nets find a way to stuff Heat

April, 8, 2014
Apr 8
The Brooklyn Nets haven’t exactly dominated the Miami Heat this season, though in the end, wins are wins, and the Nets have four to the Heat’s none.

The fourth and final one was a little unusual, an 88-87 victory in Miami. It required a rare game-ending play.

The dunk attempt
Mason Plumlee stuffed LeBron James on a dunk attempt at the buzzer to give the Nets the win.

James is 1 for 5 this season on potential go-ahead shots with under five seconds left in the fourth quarter or overtime.

He was also 128 for 130 on dunk attempts entering the day, with this being his first missed one since Jan. 21 against the Boston Celtics.

Elias Stats of the Day
The Nets swept four games from the Heat. It is the first time a James team was swept in a season series of four or more games.

Only three teams have ever won the NBA title after being swept 4-0 by single team during the regular season—the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons (swept by the New York Knicks), the 1994-1995 Houston Rockets (swept by both the Seattle SuperSonics and Los Angeles Lakers) and the 2000-2001 Lakers (swept by the SuperSonics).

Three of the Nets wins were by one point. The last team to beat the same opponent by 1 point three times in the same season: 1979-80 Phoenix Suns over Portland Trail Blazers.

Why the Nets are winning
Why have the Heat struggled against the Nets this season?

The Nets are forcing the Heat to play at a slower pace, as the Heat are averaging nearly seven fewer possessions per game against the Nets than they are against all other teams.

The Nets average six more possessions per game against all other teams than they do against the Heat this season, so the Nets are making a point to play at a slower pace against them.

The Nets are playing great defense against the Heat, holding the Heat to seven fewer points per 100 possessions compared to their games against all other teams.

How are they defending them so well?

The Heat are averaging just 8.5 fast-break points and 3.8 second-chance points per game against the Nets, much below their averages against all other teams.

The Nets are allowing about 10 second-chance points per game against all other teams this season but only 3.8 per game against the Heat.

Thunder, Durant can't miss in win vs. Nets

January, 31, 2014
Jan 31

ESPN Stats & InformationThe Thunder shot 63.6 percent on Friday, their highest field goal percentage since moving to OKC.
It turns out that the only thing that could stop Kevin Durant was a blowout. His streak of 30-point games ended at 12 on Friday night as he scored only 26 points in the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s 120-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Durant played just 30 minutes and didn’t step on the court in the fourth quarter as the Thunder cruised past the Nets, leading by as many as 32 points at the Barclays Center.

Despite not reaching the 30-point threshold, Durant had arguably the most efficient scoring night of his career. It was the first time that he made at least 10 field goals and shot more than 80 percent from the field in a game.

Durant took advantage of Shaun Livingston, going 9-of-10 with 22 points and one turnover when defended by him. He was at his best shooting from distance, making all five of his attempts from 15 feet and outside against the Nets.

He completed his dominant month with 575 points, the most in January since George Gervin had 590 in 1980. The last player to score that many points in any month was Kobe Bryant, who had 578 in March 2006.

Ibaka was Sergical
Durant was not the only efficient player in a Thunder uniform on Friday. Serge Ibaka scored 25 points on 12-for-12 shooting, the most makes without a miss by any player this season.

He did nearly all of his damage around the basket, with an average shot distance of 7.4 feet, almost three feet closer than his season average of 10.2 feet.

The last player to go 12-for-12 or better in a game was Nene Hilario in 2009 against the Utah Jazz, and the last player to do that in a road game was Karl Malone in 1999 at the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Thunder shot 63.6 percent from the field, the highest field goal percentage by any team this season and the best for the franchise since Jan. 21, 2002, against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Stat of the night
The Nets grabbed just 17 rebounds in the loss, the fewest rebounds by any team in a game since rebounds became an official stat in the 1950-51 season. For perspective, entering Friday, 42 different players have had at least one 17-rebound game this season. And Kevin Love had 16 by himself on Friday night.

LeBron fouling out fuels Nets 2-OT win

January, 11, 2014
Jan 11
Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY SportsFriday night's game swung in the Nets favor after LeBron James picked up his sixth foul.
After going 10-21 in the 2013 part of the 2013-14 season, the Brooklyn Nets improved to 5-0 since the calendar turned to 2014, outlasting the Miami Heat in double overtime on Friday night.

Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson was the story early on, scoring 22 points on 9-10 shooting in the first quarter alone. That 22-point outburst was the most points by any player in the first quarter this season, and the fourth-most in any quarter.

Joe Johnson
Johnson now has two of the four highest-scoring quarters in the NBA this season. He also had 29 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the third quarter on December 16, the most by any player in any quarter in the NBA this season.

Eighteen of Johnson’s 32 points came on shots from 15 feet or further (7-14 FG). Entering the game, Johnson had shot just 37.6% on such shots this season.

Johnson is now averaging 27.3 PPG in the last three games, all without Deron Williams in the lineup for the Nets.

But Johnson didn’t do it alone. Shaun Livingston had 19 points and 11 assists for his first double-double this season. The Nets scored 17 points off pick-and-roll plays involving Livingston after entering the game averaging 5.7 PPG on such plays this season.

The Nets held a 12-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Heat came back and forced overtime, outscoring Brooklyn 25-13 in the fourth quarter. LeBron James himself had 13 points, equaling the Nets entire team.

But James was called for his sixth personal foul with 36 seconds remaining in the first overtime. From that point on the Heat scored just four points, shooting 22 percent from the field. At the times of James’ foul, the Heat led by two, but the Nets came back to force the second overtime, in which they outscored Miami, 11-2.

James finished with 36 points on 12-21 shooting, but the Nets found a way to slow down King James. When Andrei Kirilenko defended James (on 11 of 30 plays), he was held to just eight points on 3-7 shooting with two turnovers.

With the victory, the Nets have now won back-to-back games against the Heat after losing each of the previous 13.

Keys to victory: Nets snap Warriors' streak

January, 9, 2014
Jan 9

The Warriors did not maintain their hot shooting in the second half.
What were the statistical keys to the Brooklyn Nets snapping the Golden State Warriors' 10-game winning streak on Wednesday night?

Nets win battle of the benches
The Nets' bench outscored the Warriors bench, 36-17. In particular, the Nets benefited from Andray Blatche’s 17 points and Mirza Teletovic’s eight points and 10 rebounds. The Nets outscored the Warriors by 23 points in Teletovic’s 29 minutes. They were outscored by 19 points in the 19 minutes when he was on the bench.

Thwarting Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala
Stephen Curry had 34 points, but his partner in shooting wizardry, Klay Thompson, was 5-for-15 from the field (his second straight game shooting 33 percent)

The Warriors made six of their first seven 3-pointers, but made only three of their last 19.

Andre Iguodala was held to one basket. It was the first time Iguodala was held to one hoop since the Warriors' last loss —- against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 21.

The Warriors outscored opponents by 23 points per 100 possessions with Iguodala on the floor during the winning streak, but outscored the Nets by one in his 30 minutes Wednesday. In fact, entering the game, Iguodala had the best net efficiency of any player averaging at least 15 minutes per game this season (+17.5).

The Warriors fell to 19-7 with Iguodala playing. They are 5-7 when he doesn’t play.

Getting to the line
The Nets made 29 of 35 free throws, including nine in a row in the final 72 seconds. The 29 free throws made were their second-most in any game this season.

Streaks done
The Warriors' 10-game winning streak came to an end, one game shy of the club record set in the 1971-72 season.

The Elias Sports Bureau noted that if the Warriors won, they would have been the first team to go undefeated on a road trip of seven games or longer. This was the 270th such road trip in NBA history.