The Least You Should Know
[sny-box] The Nets led by as many as 15, but the Grizzlies clawed back to get within one early in the fourth quarter. But Brooklyn again established a double-digit lead thanks to Brook Lopez, who scored 12 of his 20 points in the final frame.
Joe Johnson shot 9-of-15 from the field for 26 points, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds. Andray Blatche contributed 21 points off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting, including hitting a career-high three three-pointers.
For the Grizzlies, Mike Conley recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. Kosta Koufos also managed a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Quincy Pondexter helped Memphis lead its fourth-quarter comeback, adding 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting off the bench.
Both teams shot very well from three-point range, but the Nets held the advantage, finishing 9-of-18 (50 percent) from beyond the arch.
Finally, the Nets won the second half of a back-to-back, after being unsuccessful on the first three tries this season.
A night after being benched in the second half against the Rockets, Johnson was a force right from the start, but the second-half effort from Lopez, who hit six of his final eight shots, and Kevin Garnett, who made four of his final six shots, propelled this team to victory.
Blatche continues to amaze. He has the moves to play the point, but let's hope he doesn't get too comfortable out there, because he's still most effective down low.
This was a big win for the Nets. Sure, Memphis played without its two stars – Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph – but of course, the Nets felt no sympathy, since they’ve been playing shorthanded basically all season.
The Nets had been 0-11 when losing the third quarter, but their fortunes changed tonight, as the team won despite being outscored 28-25 in the third frame.
The team got great minutes from Mason Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic off the bench. Teletovic scored five straight points during a critical stretch of the fourth quarter when it seemed Memphis could take control of the game.
Jason Kidd’s message is clear: The guys who give the most effort when on the floor will be the ones who play.
Brooklyn returns home to Barclays Center Tuesday night to take on the Denver Nuggets. Tip is set for 7:30 PM.