Game Recaps

Brooklyn inches past OKC 94-92

Brooklyn Nets 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Oklahoma City Thunder
Joe Johnson, SF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -2

Johnson wasn’t his usual self despite his high minutes against OKC. He attempted just five shots from the field for eight points. He had the highest turnover percentage on the team, and had less overall usage than Bojan Bogdanovic.

Brook Lopez, C 35 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -1

Lopez picked up his first double-double of the season, while leading the team in minutes played. He made the most of his offensive opportunities with 50 percent shooting and did enough on the defensive end to disturb OKC with his three blocks.

Deron Williams, PG 31 MIN | 4-11 FG | 7-7 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | -3

Williams didn’t hurt his team, but OKC seemed to get into a comfortable pace when Brooklyn’s starters were in the game. The starting unit was beaten by an OKC squad that’s missing its two best players, and Williams failed to set the tone early and help Brooklyn establish its style of play.

Mirza Teletovic, PF 28 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +15

Teletovic continued his contribution off the bench with an efficient 13 points and 7 rebounds. Although the shooter struggled from beyond the arc, he was able to battle the depleted OKC bench unit to earn some easy buckets. He led the team with a 29.6 defensive rebounding percentage in his time on the court.

Jarrett Jack, PG 31 MIN | 8-15 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | +3

Jack came off the bench to play the same amount of minutes as Deron Williams, yet outperformed the starter with 53 percent shooting from the field. On a night where the starters all went negative while on the court, Jack helped lead the bench unit with the highest usage percentage on the team, which ended up being the difference against OKC.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Brooklyn was able to shoot .500 effective field goal percentage, but it was under its season average of .510. Oklahoma City was able to disrupt the starting unit’s offensive rhythm, but Brooklyn’s depth advantage showed through to lead to the narrow victory.
  2. Speaking of depth, the Thunder do not have it right now. Anthony Morrow led the team’s reserves with 11 points, but the likes of Jeremy Lamb, Nick Collison and Kendrick Perkins proved unable to create an advantage of any kind against Brooklyn’s second unit.
  3. The Nets were able to find better shots against OKC’s band of role players, while not allowing any Thunder player to truly get going offensively outside of perhaps Reggie Jackson. Despite being at home, the Thunder (3-11) shot a .493 true shooting percentage, compared to the .586 from Brooklyn. Despite Williams being outscored by his replacement Jarrett Jack, the duo combined for 40 points on 12 of 26 shooting as the two hottest hands on the team.