After Jason Kidd gave his veteran team an earful after what happened in Portland, they responded big time with an absolute steamrolling of the struggling Nuggets.
It was a total team effort, as only one Nets player scored more than 10 points, while 10 different players scored at least eight points, and all 13 active players scored.
After the game, Mason Plumlee said that the players knew that it was up to them to come out and play the type of game that they expect of one another.
"It was all on us. [Wednesday] night was just about energy and effort. Coach Kidd called a meeting, he called us out on film, and I thought guys responded like professionals. I think we showed a lot of character from the jump [tonight]."
It was almost cathartic the way the Nets took out a lot of pent-up frustrations on a Nuggets team that seems to be totally unravelling under first-year coach Brian Shaw. It wasn't so long ago that the Nets were the ones in disarray, with some fans wondering aloud if they'd made the right coaching hire. Brooklyn stuck it out with Kidd, and I'm sure they're pretty pleased that they did.
The Nets have survived the hardest part of their road trip, and with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, they've got a chance to return home to the Barclays Center just one game under the .500 mark. For a team that was 11 games below .500 at the low point, they've made up an impressive amount of ground the past 25 games.
They've still got some work to do, but they showed a ton of resilience Thursday night. They dug themselves a hole, but they deserve a lot of credit for righting the ship. Now, over the final two months of the season, they've got a chance to finish strong.