Ben Couch · (@viewfromcouch)
|TV Companion Enhanced Boxscore | Play-By-Play|
By Ben Couch (@viewfromcouch)
BROOKLYN—He would never come close to suggesting it, but Gerald Wallace gets a raw deal.
When the Nets start “small,” as they often have recently, Wallace is banging against power forwards, who can be as many as five inches taller and 40 pounds heavier. When they go “big,” Wallace draws a small forward, a daily danger at the most stocked position in the league.
Wednesday, it was the latter.
In his first game back after a one-game absence, Wallace lined up opposite Kevin Durant, who has thrice led the league in scoring and currently ranks third in that title defense (28.4 PPG). The Nets forward helped his team “limit” Durant to 27 points on 11-of-17 (.647) shooting in 41 minutes during a 110-93 victory in Oklahoma City.
By all accounts, that ranked as a successful outing.Read the full View from Couch on brooklynnets.com.
By Randy Renner, for NBA.com
HOT: The Nets started the game 8-for-11 (72.7 percent)...Johnson was 5-for-6 (12 points) in the first quarter...Lopez was 4-for-5 (10 points) in the first quarter...Durant was 5-for-6 (10 points) in the first 12 minutes...Brooklyn finished the first half shooting 58.1 percent (25-for-43) overall and were even better from long range hitting 63.6 percent (7-for-11)...Brooklyn was 5-for-6 (10 points) in the paint in the fourth quarter...The Nets finished 9-for-17 (52.9 percent) on 3-pointers.
INSIDE THE ARENA: The Oklahoma City crowd kept trying to get the Thunder back into the game for most of the first half, to no avail, but the building was rocking when the home team made its run to tie the game halfway through the fourth quarter. A few moments later, when the Nets answered with a run of their own the building began to empty.Read the full Game Notebook on NBA.com.
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Keith Bogans||F · Gerald Wallace||C · Brook Lopez|
Gerald Wallace (bruised left knee) is PROBABLE.
C.J. Watson (sore right knee) is PROBABLE.
Oklahoma City Thunder
|G · Russell Westbrook||G · Thabo Sefolosha||F · Kevin Durant||F · Serge Ibaka||C · Kendrick Perkins|
For more, view the Game Photo Gallery
|33 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
11-19 FGs, 5-10 3ps, 6-6 FTs
|19 PTS, 13 AST, 5 STL
5-12 FGs, 3-4 3Ps, 6-6 FTs
|25 PTS, 5 REb, BLK
11-17 FGs, 3-3 FTs
|"We just needed this win, personally, especially after the game we had in San Antonio. We needed this one to get back on track, kind of turn this road trip turned around and get some confidence that San Antonio loss took a lot of.|