Nets vs. Nuggets: Brooklyn Has Brought the Show on the Road

Nets' penchant for tight games continues through first 10 games of season

The Brooklyn Nets have brought their tendency for tight finishes on the road. Through 10 games, the Nets have played eight “clutch” games, defined by the NBA as a game within five points with less than five minutes left.

“I think we’re going to have to fight our tails off for a playoff berth,” said head coach Kenny Atkinson of the close games before the Nets departed on their five-game road trip last week. “I really do. I think it’s gonna be a fight. That’s respect for when I look at the teams we have to play. This road trip, there’s nothing given. I think we all understand that. This is not gonna be a cakewalk. We’re going to have to really scratch and claw to be in those top eight, and we’re looking forward to the challenge. Yes, we can do it. Still, the proof is in the pudding.”

With a 4-4 record in those eight games, the Nets are outscoring opponents by an average of 3.1 points per game in clutch situations.

Digging deeper, six of Brooklyn’s 10 games have been within three points or less — single-possession games — in the final minute.

On the first three games of this road trip, the Nets have had a four-point win and a four-point loss, the latter a 119-115 final against Utah on Tuesday night.

“We had our opportunities,” said Atkinson after the game. “No moral victories, we had our opportunities. There’s a few things we could have [done]. We could have made a few more plays quite honestly, both offensively and defensively. It’s such a fine line between winning and losing. But I liked our execution. I thought our defense was much better than it was the other night so there are a lot of positives, a lot to build on from this game.”

JORDAN: BACK AND BOARDING

DeAndre Jordan matched his season-high with 17 rebounds Tuesday night against Utah, adding 15 points for his second straight double-double. Jordan had missed the first game of the road trip in Portland last Friday with an ankle sprain suffered four days earlier against New Orleans.

Jordan is 12th in the NBA with 10.4 rebounds per game, and he’s second in rebound percentage (21.2) and second in rebounds per 36 minutes (16.8) behind only overall rebounding leader Andre Drummond.

DINWIDDIE ON THE ROAD

Spencer Dinwiddie has heated up on Brooklyn’s road trip, beginning with his 34 points in Friday’s win at Portland. Over the Nets’ three games on the road, he’s averaging 24.3 points while shooting 48.0 percent overall and 42.9 percent from 3-point range.

MUSA’S MOVE

Second-year swingman Dzanan Musa has been picking up a growing role during Brooklyn’s road trip after playing a total of six minutes while appearing in just two of Brooklyn’s first seven games.

Musa had 12 points and six rebounds against Phoenix on Sunday, then had nine points while making 4-of-5 shots, including a deep 3-pointer, against Utah on Tuesday.

INJURY UPDATE

Caris LeVert missed Tuesday’s game with a right thumb sprain and is again listed as out for Thursday’s game in Denver. Kyrie Irving is questionable with a right shoulder impingement.

NETS SIGN SHUMPERT

The Nets have signed guard Iman Shumpert, filling a roster spot that became available with the move of Wilson Chandler to the NBA’s suspended list.

Shumpert has eight years of NBA experience, averaging 7.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He split last season between Sacramento and Houston. He was a teammate of Kyrie Irving for two seasons in Cleveland, including the 2016 NBA championship team.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS

The Nuggets are 7-3 after Tuesday night’s loss to Atlanta snapped a four-game winning streak.

The Nuggets offer a stylistic counter to Brooklyn, ranking 30th in pace (97.52) and 25th in 3-point attempts per game (29.5). The Nets are fifth in pace (106.24) and sixth in 3-point attempts (36.0).

But Denver limits turnovers (fourth, 13.9) and is 10th in assists (24.7). Center Nikola Jokic is their smooth-passing offensive fulcrum, averaging 6.1 assists with 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

Jamal Murray leads Denver with 18.7 points per game, plus 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Will Barton is shooting 53.1 percent from 3-point range on 4.0 attempts per game and averages 15.6 points and 7.9 rebounds.

Brooklyn Nets Stat Leaders

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Preseason

  • home game
    FridayFri Oct 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 137-89

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    T. Prince
    22PTS
    Taurean Prince
    S. Dinwiddie
    12RBS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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    Caris LeVert
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    ThursdayThu Oct 10 Mercedes-Benz Arena
    W 114-111

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    S. Dinwiddie
    20PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    R. Kurucs
    8RBS
    Rodions Kurucs
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    Spencer Dinwiddie
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    SaturdaySat Oct 12 Shenzhen Universiade Center
    W 91-77

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    C. LeVert
    22PTS
    Caris LeVert
    D. Jordan
    11RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    C. LeVert
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    Caris LeVert
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    FridayFri Oct 18 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 107-123

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    K. Irving
    19PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    D. Jordan
    9RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    K. Irving
    4ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    WednesdayWed Oct 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 126-127OT1

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    K. Irving
    50PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    T. Prince
    11RBS
    Taurean Prince
    K. Irving
    7ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    FridayFri Oct 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 113-109

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    K. Irving
    26PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    J. Allen
    11RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    K. Irving
    5ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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  • away game
    SundaySun Oct 27 FedExForum, Memphis, TN
    L 133-134OT1

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    K. Irving
    37PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    J. Allen
    13RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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    WednesdayWed Oct 30 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 108-118

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    K. Irving
    28PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    D. Jordan
    17RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    S. Dinwiddie
    7ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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    FridayFri Nov 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 123-116

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    T. Prince
    27PTS
    Taurean Prince
    T. Prince
    12RBS
    Taurean Prince
    K. Irving
    10ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    SaturdaySat Nov 02 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
    L 109-113

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    T. Prince
    20PTS
    Taurean Prince
    K. Irving
    11RBS
    Kyrie Irving
    K. Irving
    10ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    MondayMon Nov 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 135-125

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    K. Irving
    39PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    T. Prince
    11RBS
    Taurean Prince
    K. Irving
    9ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    FridayFri Nov 08 Moda Center, Portland, OR
    W 119-115

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    S. Dinwiddie
    34PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    9RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    K. Irving
    6ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    SundaySun Nov 10 Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
    L 112-138

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    S. Dinwiddie
    18PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Jordan
    12RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    S. Dinwiddie
    6ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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  • away game
    TuesdayTue Nov 12 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
    L 114-119

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    K. Irving
    27PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    D. Jordan
    17RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    K. Irving
    5ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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  • away game
    ThursdayThu Nov 14 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
    L 93-101

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Allen
    17PTS
    Jarrett Allen
    D. Jordan
    11RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    K. Irving
    9ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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  • away game
    SaturdaySat Nov 16 United Center, Chicago, IL
    W 117-111

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    24PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    7RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    J. Harris
    8ASTS
    Joe Harris
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  • home game
    MondayMon Nov 18 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 86-115

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    28PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    12RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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  • home game
    WednesdayWed Nov 20 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 101-91

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Allen
    22PTS
    Jarrett Allen
    J. Allen
    17RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • home game
    FridayFri Nov 22 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 116-97

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    23PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Jordan
    10RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    S. Dinwiddie
    7ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • away game
    SundaySun Nov 24 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    W 103-101

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    30PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    T. Prince
    11RBS
    Taurean Prince
    T. Prince
    5ASTS
    Taurean Prince
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  • away game
    MondayMon Nov 25 Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
    W 108-106

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    23PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    21RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    9ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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  • away game
    WednesdayWed Nov 27 TD Garden, Boston, MA
    L 110-121

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    G. Temple
    22PTS
    Garrett Temple
    J. Allen
    14RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    11ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    ESPNWFAN
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  • home game
    FridayFri Nov 29 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 112-107

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    32PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    11RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    11ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • home game
    SundaySun Dec 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 106-109

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    29PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    12RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    T. Prince
    5ASTS
    Taurean Prince
    YES NetworkWCBS 880 AM
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  • away game
    WednesdayWed Dec 04 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
    W 130-118

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    G. Temple
    27PTS
    Garrett Temple
    J. Allen
    13RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    5ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • away game
    FridayFri Dec 06 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
    W 111-104

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harris
    22PTS
    Joe Harris
    D. Jordan
    13RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    S. Dinwiddie
    12ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • home game
    SundaySun Dec 08 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 105-102

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    24PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    T. Prince
    11RBS
    Taurean Prince
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
    Watch Game
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Dec 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 108-113

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    24PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Jordan
    14RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    S. Dinwiddie
    6ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
    Watch Game
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Dec 14 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
    7:30pmET
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    SundaySun Dec 15 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
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    TuesdayTue Dec 17 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
    8:00pmET
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    ThursdayThu Dec 19 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
    8:30pmET
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    SaturdaySat Dec 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
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    ThursdayThu Dec 26 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    8:00pmET
    TNTWFAN
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    SaturdaySat Dec 28 Toyota Center, Houston, TX
    8:00pmET
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    MondayMon Dec 30 Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
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    ThursdayThu Jan 02 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
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    SaturdaySat Jan 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    MondayMon Jan 06 Amway Center, Orlando, FL
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    TuesdayTue Jan 07 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    TuesdayTue Jan 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    WednesdayWed Jan 15 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
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    MondayMon Jan 20 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SaturdaySat Jan 25 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
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    SundaySun Jan 26 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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    WednesdayWed Jan 29 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    FridayFri Jan 31 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SaturdaySat Feb 01 Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
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