Ben Couch · BROOKLYNNETS.COM
By Ben Couch
BROOKLYN—Tuesday at Barclays Center, the Nets cruised to beat the Sixers, 104-83. Brook Lopez scored 15 points in the first, leading Brooklyn with 29 points (13-22 FGs) while posting 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. Reggie Evans racked up his league-leading ninth 20-rebound game, posting 17 points, 24 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.
A few observations:
- 10:51 – All subs for Brooklyn to open the final period, and they're taking advantage: triple for MarShon, who's been inconsistent from outside this season. Good to get the confidence going heading into the playoffs.
- 5:59 – Driving dunk for MarShon, who's making nice use of these minutes.
- 5:06 – Tyshawn Taylor, Kris Joseph and Mirza Teletovic check in with a 25-point lead, and that's a wrap unless this somehow gets within 10.
- 0:00 – It didn't.
- 7:44 – Brook tips in Reggie's jumper, simultaneously boosting both his rebounding and points totals. Those two are working in tandem tonight like whoa.
- 6:12 – Reggie gets rebound No. 20, and extends his league-leading total of 20-point games to nine. Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler are tied for second, with four apiece.
- 4:32 – A quick runner from Brook, his second straight bucket, and the Nets' lead has stretched out to 24. Lopez has 29 points and .
- 2:41– Brook returns the favor, by finding Deron underneath. D-Will has posted a quietly efficient line: 9 points and 4 assists on 4-of-8 shooting.
- :35.9 – Reggie pulls down No. 24, and his hook bounces around, around, around and ... out. Crowd is sad.
With the Sixers entering Tuesday's game winners in four of their last six, they presented more of a challenge than the records perhaps suggested, with an offense powered by All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. Complemented by an all-around 3 in Evan Turner, athletic 4 Thaddeus Young and sharpshooting center Spencer Hawes, the Sixers present matchup issues for the Nets, particularly when they get out and run.
And yet Brooklyn began the game with an interior focus as Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans each scoring at least 10 points in the first; Evans added 10 rebounds, recording his eighth double-double! Though the Sixers gained ground early in the second, closing within five, the Nets regrouped after a timeout and steadily pulled away during the final eight minutes.
Coming out of the break with a similar grind-it-out mentality will likely keep the score out of reach for Philadelphia, which can struggle to shoot from the perimeter.
- 10:57 – Floater for C.J. Watson, as the Nets are running out the ol' "Joe + Subs" second-unit special.
- 8:07 – Evan Turner throws a ridiculous oop to Thaddeus Young, cutting the lead to five, and the Nets call timeout. The Sixers were scorching the Nets in transition.
- 7:46 – And the Nets slow it down out of the timeout: Joe Johnson posts up for two.
- 7:06 – Joe posts on the wing, faces up, then drives and splits three closing defenders for a bank. Momentum, interrupted.
- 4:21 – Facing up as the shot clock ticks away, Brook Lopez calmly shoots a jumper. Swish. His touch is impressive. 17 points.
- :46.3 – With C.J. at the line, the Nets stretch their lead out to 56-37. Been a gradual build ever since that early timeout.
- 11:39– Sixers win the tip, but Brook Lopez swats Evan Turner's layup. Definitely an improved area of his game this season, and consistently.
- 10:19 – Reggie Evans with a putback hook on a nice up-fake, pivot combo. He's made a concerted effort to force teams to guard him in the last few weeks.
- 9:23 – Spencer Hawes with a driving sky hook. Brook talked about that pregame, said it's been a weapon since their AAU days.
- 8:28 – Reggie's up to six points and six boards after that layup. He could be in line for another night like January 8, when he pulled down 23 boards against the Sixers – in three quarters (27 minutes)!
- 8:01 – Eight and seven.
- 6:40 – Another basket for Brook, and he's up to eight points in yet another strong first quarter.
- 5:13 – 10.
- 4:12 – Brook not only doesn't bite on Turner's pump fake, he times his defense and blocks the one-handed push shot, drawing a loose-ball foul..
- 3:29 – Reggie Evans just operated out of the high post like Pau Gasol, finding Joe Johnson with an over-the-top one-handed palm pass for a backdoor layup. 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists.
- 2:09 – Explosive baseline drive by Lopez, who blew by Lavoy Allen for a reverse layup. Seems to be something Brook was working on and has incorporated in recent games.
- :24.9 – A defensive board makes that a first-quarter double-double for Reggie Evans. Indeed.
Brooklyn Nets (45-32)
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Keith Bogans (tight lower back) is OUT.
Joe Johnson (sore left heel) is a GAMETIME DECISION.
Philadelphia 76ers (31-46)
|G · Jrue Holiday||G · Damien Wilkins||F · Evan Turner||F · Thaddeus Young||C · Spencer Hawes|
Andrew Bynum (Bilateral Arthroscopic Knee Surgery) is OUT.
Jason Richardson (Left Knee Surgery) is OUT.
For more, view the Game Photo Gallery
|17 PTS, 24 REB
6-10 FGs, 3 AST, 3 STL
|"If you need to pick someone to go to battle with, you want Reg. You want Reggie on your team."|