The Brooklyn Nets have achieved a smashing victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. That way, Nets have managed to bounce back after the humiliation against Milwaukee Bucks.

The Nets with a victory against 76ers

After the first humiliation of the season in Milwaukee, the Nets did not show fighting and courage. When it came to winning time, the Nets responded.

Despite the shortage of manpower, the Nets defeated the 76ers with a 114-109 score. They eliminated the double-digit deficit with only 5 minutes left, shocking 20,367 sold-out crowd. That way they found the resilience they needed this season.

An upset victory

What it took was an amazing comeback. After scoring themselves 20-6 holes in the first quarter, the Nets still trailed by 10 points with more than 5 minutes left in the game. They looked destined to start 0-2 this season, but they reversed their fate behind Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge. Durant led with 29 points, 15 rebounds, 12 assists, and a huge weak side block. Aldridge rebounded with 23 points off the bench on a bad night in Milwaukee, including 9 points from the Nets ending the game 16-1.


“We were relentless with our competition, our willingness to fight for good looks, our willingness to scrap defensively,” head coach Steve Nash said. “Their willingness to continue to compete and believe was the reason why they won the game.”

“Just effort, man. When you have your best player go make a crazy block, you’ve got to follow him. The whole night, he was doing it, assists, rebounds, points, steals, whatever it is,” said Aldridge, who added the Nets were stung by the opener. “Obviously that wasn’t us, so we knew we had to come out and grind it out. We had a slow start, but we knew we hadn’t played to the level we could play. Guys kept pecking away at it, defense kept getting better and we kept pulling back.”

A different attitude

The Nets made two turnovers in the next game, forcing the 76ers to make 0 of 9 shots. After Joe Harris’s error caused Matisse Sebull’s air relay and Nash hurriedly timed out with 5:32 remaining in the game, the Nets trailed 108-98. But the Nets did not give up another field goal.

After trying a large lineup-Nick Clarkston and Blake Griffin in the frontcourt, and Harris and James Harden in the backcourt (20 points, 8 assists)-Nash has become smaller. He took Harris and Patty Mills and Jevon Carter together, the small and annoying duo. He inserted Aldridge and surprised the veteran at the mid-range and pick-and-roll games with Harden.

Six outstanding points reduce the deficit to four. The Nets forced a pair of Danny Green missed three points, caught in Mills’ finger rolling, to tie the score 108-106. When the Nets caught up with Joel Embiid (19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks) to force the game with one minute left, Harden found Aldridge and he dunked. The veteran center fouled and took a free throw with 48 seconds left in the game. The Nets did not fall behind again.

Tobias Harris (23 points) missed a floating ball, and Aldridge – who made 10 of 12 shots from the field – gained a three-point advantage with two more free throws with 16 seconds left in the game. The Nets insisted to ensure that there would be no overtime.


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