Nets storm past Nuggets to snap season-worst skid

In one in all their most determined nights of the season, the Nets got here by way of with one in all their most stirring comebacks of the yr. They stormed again to a 125-119 victory over the Nuggets earlier than 4,044 at Denver’s Ball Arena in a recreation they’d to have.

The Nets snapped a season-high four-game dropping skid. And they rallied from a 21-point gap to do it, the second-biggest deficit they’ve overcome this season.

Durant had a game-high 33 factors, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Kyrie Irving had 31 factors, whereas Blake Griffin added 20 factors whereas having to take care of MVP favourite Nikola Jokic.

The Nets trailed by 21, and have been nonetheless down 108-100 within the fourth quarter. But that’s once they used a 13-2 run to go forward by three, and by no means trailed once more.

Jokic (29 factors) had two nice seems at potential go-ahead baskets on consecutive possessions, however Joe Harris after which Durant helped pressure him right into a pair of big misses. Durant sank a pair on the line on the opposite finish with 21 seconds left to put Brooklyn up 122-119.

Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 33 points, drives to the basket during the Nets' 125-119 win over the Nuggets.
Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 33 factors, drives to the basket throughout the Nets’ 125-119 win over the Nuggets.

Jeff Green tied up Jokic to pressure a bounce ball. And even after Denver bought the tip, Nic Claxton harassed the MVP favourite into one other miss with 10.9 seconds left. He bought hit with a technical for arguing the no-call, and Durant hit three straight on the line to ice it.

“Like I keep saying, we don’t want to have losing streaks but this can afford us a lot,” coach Steve Nash mentioned beforehand. “If we stole a few these video games alongside the way in which, perhaps we’d swept some issues underneath the rug. So it’s an incredible alternative one for us to face some adversity and overcome it but it surely’s additionally a spotlight, permits us to have a look at some issues that we want to enhance on earlier than the playoffs arrive.

“So this gives us an opportunity to double down and work on our process and we’ll try to get better and prepare ourselves for the playoffs. We faced a murderer’s row of talent and some really good teams that all need wins and their playoff standing and so I think we can respond from this and look back at this that has afforded us a lot.”

Despite the Nets being determined — and going through a Denver workforce that was on the tail finish of a back-to-back, and lacking injured Jamal Murray — they dug themselves right into a 13-5 gap proper out of the gate. It solely bought deeper.

The Nets trailed 37-24 after a primary quarter that noticed them give up 60.9 % taking pictures, and 17 of Michael Porter Jr.’s 28 factors.

Their protection in abysmal disarray and picked aside by the Nuggets’ ball motion, the Nets fell behind 71-50 with 1:22 left within the half, and went within the locker room down 71-56.

But the Nets stormed out of the locker room on an 18-6 run. They hit their first seven pictures, the final a Durant pull-up 3 to minimize the lead to 77-74 with 8:05 left within the third. And as soon as they smelled blood, they have been cruel.

The Nuggets sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers round a Durant miss, to lengthen the lead again to 83-74. But the Nets shot 16 of 19 within the third and bought 16 factors from Griffin, to be inside placing distance, at 104-97 going into the fourth.

It was 108-100 earlier than the Nets mounted one other rally.

Durant’s 3-pointer pulled them even at 108 apiece. And Harris’ nook 3 put them forward 111-110, their first lead since 3-0.

And uncontested Durant dunk capped a 13-2 run, and put the Nets up by three.

Irving’s free throw made it 116-112 with 3:51 to play. A JaMychal Green and-one minimize it to some extent, however Durant earned and sank a pair of free throws to pad it again to three with 1:42 left.

They ended up holding Denver to 15 factors within the fourth quarter to win.

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