After only winning five games in each of the first two months, Brooklyn doubled that output with a 10-3 campaign to open 2014. That mark is the best January winning percentage in the team’s NBA history of 38 years. And for what it’s worth in their blowout loss Friday, the Nets can say they are the team that stopped Kevin Durant’s 12-game streak of scoring 30-plus points per game.
Frankly though, they’re likely more proud of the good month than stopping the streak. Luckily, the team has the chance to instantly get back on track, but it will be a tough test Saturday night in Indiana against the Eastern Conference’s top-seeded team, the Pacers.
“We just have to move on,” Paul Pierce said. “We have to have resolve. We have to have some fight and be ready for the challenge.”
In a night where the Nets recorded the fewest rebounds in NBA history with 17 and allowed a season-high 120 points and a 63.6 opponents’ shooting percentage, Jason Kidd actually thought his team’s effort was there.
“We had some great looks there that hung on the rim and didn’t go down,” Kidd said. “That’s basketball; it happens.”
Deron Williams, though, thought the team hung its heads a bit too much.
“That’s the tendency we had in the beginning of the season when we weren’t sure, D-Will said. “We weren’t defending. I think that happened a little bit. That’s something with this team that can happen.”
The two tough losses have certainly put a damper on what was otherwise a terrific month for Brooklyn. A few good games in a row can get this team back to playing like it did to start the calendar year.
“Lately we haven’t had great ball movement and haven’t been making the extra pass,” Joe Johnson said. “We haven’t been able to penetrate the defense and find the right guys, and it’s definitely hurt us. We got to get back to playing unselfish basketball and playing smart.”
The Nets know the blueprint to right the ship heading into February, and it must start tonight.