The Brooklyn Nets made it three consecutive wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. Despite the Thunder attempting eight more shots than the Nets, Brooklyn’s efficient shooting was too much for Oklahoma to handle. They ended the game with 50% accuracy from the field and 42% accuracy from downtown.
Patty Mills (29 PTS, 9 3PM) was a man on a mission all night and he was causing absolute chaos for Oklahoma. This complemented Kevin Durant (33 PTS, 8 REBS) and James Harden (16 PTS, 13 ASTS) well after they set the tone in the opening stages of the game.
Unfortunately for the Nets, Joe Harris (3 PTS, 13 MINS) was forced to leave the game in the second quarter after spraining his left ankle. His team had to hold it down in his absence and they absolutely did by stepping up and embracing the opportunity.
The bench as a whole scored 56 points and Brooklyn’s physicality was palpable, making 21 trips to the free throw line and knocking down 20. Brooklyn also racked up 30 assists as they put the Thunder away by 24 points.
This marked the end of a six-game road trip for the Nets and now they will return home to Barclays Center to take on the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
Kevin Durant: A
Kevin Durant (33 PTS, 8 REBS) continues to be unstoppable on the offensive end and his cautiousness with the ball is improving. Durant only committed one turnover and in the process he dished out four assists. His activity on the boards was the usual. By the final buzzer, he held the team’s best plus-minus with plus +30.
Again, Durant is the best offensive player to ever play the game and the best player in the game today. He needs to stop missing a free throw, his standard should be perfect from the stripe.
James Harden: A-
James Harden (16 PTS, 13 ASTS) recorded a pure point guard’s ideal double-double, but his efficiency could have been better. Harden went 5-of-13 from the field. That’s 38%. He should aim for 45%. As for threes, it was absolutely horrendous. The 32-year-old went 1-of-8 from downtown, which is far from the goal of at least 40% from there.
This is one of the best all-time scoring professionals right here, the efficiency has to catch up to that standard. It’s the regular standard that he set for himself in previous years, but still, Harden is not at 100% so he is due for this to happen sooner or later.
Fortunately for the former Sun Devil, he got to the free throw line five times.
Patty Mills: A+
Patty Mills not only stepped up to contribute for the scoring punch that Joe Harris provides amidst his absence, but he was extraordinarily accurate from the field. The man went 9-of-12 from downtown, that’s 75%. On his way to shining brighter, Mills kept at it with that tenacious and annoying defense as he kept trying to draw charges. As for the Australian natives’ perimeter defense, it was second to none as usual.
Blake Griffin: A-
Blake Griffin (6 PTS, 3 ASTS, 3 REBS) almost made the most out of his 22 minutes. His off ball activity remained irreplaceable, but it was just his three-point shooting woes that prevailed. Griffin attempted only two shots from three instead of spamming that shot from behind the arc, but at least he stopped shooting after two. It gave the team more quality possessions to utilize.
Of course, this is temporary. Once his shot comes back, which it most certainly will because it’s only November, another gear will be added to this Nets offense. His three-point shooting is not even needed for them to be successful, yet when added, will only make them more lethal.
Bruce Brown: A-
Bruce Brown (6 PTS, 7 REBS) was a pest defensively and on five shots, he only missed two. Surprisingly, he grabbed down seven rebounds, which is not typical of him this season. Nevertheless, it helped the team anyway, no one is complaining.
In the contest, Brown picked up four fouls. That showed that he was putting in work on the defensive end, but it also showed that he could have found an alternative as well rather than picking up those fouls. Also, Brown only shot one three. That number has to be two.
LaMarcus Aldridge: A
LaMarcus Aldridge (15 PTS, 8 REBS) just won’t do any wrong. On 11 shots, he knocked down five, only adding on to his wrath of efficiency. Not to mention he’s doing this in limited time too (22 MINS). For some reason, the veteran is starting to feel himself by deciding to extend his range at little bit more, going 3-of-5 from there.
Aldridge does not need to do this for the Nets to be successful, but if he wants to challenge himself in doing so it is only going to help if he continues to knock these down. Five threes is none really the amount of threes he usually puts up. Nevertheless, the veteran’s two blocks were impressive.