On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 110-93.
The Skinny: The Nets jumped out to an 11-3 lead, with strong offensive and defensive play, which forced Thunder head coach Scott Brooks to take an early timeout. Joe Johnson scored 10 points in just over four minutes, and Brook Lopez drilled a few outside jumpers, leading to another Brooks timeout. Johnson and Lopez combined for 22 of the Nets? 33 points in the first quarter, giving Brooklyn a 14-point lead after one.
The Thunder gained a bit of momentum to start the second quarter, but a strategic P.J. Carlesimo timeout helped the Nets open a 22-point lead at the midway point of the quarter. The offensive pace picked up on both ends of the floor, and a 9-0 Thunder run, led by Russell Westbrook, got the crowd back into the game. However, the run barely made a dent into the Nets? lead. Johnson finished the half with 20 points, while Deron Williams added 10 points and nine assists, helping the Nets maintain a 16-point lead at the break.