The Least You Should Know
[sny-box]Talk about responding. One night after getting blown out of the building, the Nets had a laugher of their own against a Denver squad that was just non-competitive.
The Nets held the Nuggets to just eight points in the first quarter on 16.7% (3-of-18) shooting, the fewest points they've allowed in any quarter this season.
Denver had as many turnovers as points in that first quarter.
10 Nets players scored at least eight points each, and all 13 players scored at least three points, including Jason Collins, who hit a jumper for good measure.[/sny-box]
Yes, the Nuggets have been struggling mightily lately. And yes, Denver's roster was terribly depleted due to injury. But the Nets hadn't won a game at the Pepsi Center in seven years, and it was a game they needed to have. The 23-point margin of victory didn't do it justice, as the Nets led wire-to-wire and led by as many as 38 points at the high water mark. This one was simply over before it started.
After that embarrassing game in Portland, the Nets showed no mercy Thursday night, seemingly taking a season's worth of frustrations out on the free-falling Nuggets. It's amazing to think how much things have changed since the calendar turned to 2014. They're now 17-8 after a 10-21 start, two wins away from reaching the .500 mark for the first time since 11/5/13, when they were 2-2 after four games.
The Nets finish their road trip against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday at 8:30 pm.