NETS WIN! The Brooklyn Nets picked up their first win of the season Wednesday, beating the Houston Rockets 106-98. The Nets best quarter was the fourth, outscoring the Rockets 27-15. Brook Lopez called the win a breakthrough, while head coach Lionel Hollins said he saw what he wanted to see from the Nets.
"When you get a win it validates all the preaching and all the working that you're doing," Lionel Hollins added. "When you do get a victory you can say: 'Hey, this is what we're talking about.' Because in that victory there's a lot of things that I've been preaching and other coaches have been preaching."
The Nets go for win number two tonight, as they face the Sacramento Kings, a team they’ve won three straight against, most recently a 103-100 win last season.
Bogdanovic Leads Bench: The Nets bench outscored the Rockets bench 56-15 on Wednesday. Bojan Bogdanovic led the bench – and the Nets – scoring a season-high 22 points off the bench while grabbing a career-high nine rebounds. The Nets are 6-1 when Bogdanovic scores 20+ points including five straight wins. Bogdanovic is averaging 12.5 points-per-game this season.
Shane Larkin also had a pair of season-highs off the Nets bench Wednesday, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds. Larkin also shot 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Brook, Thad and Joe: Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young combined for 25 of Brooklyn’s first 30 points Wednesday and combined for eight blocks. Lopez led the Nets with 12 rebounds, while Joe Johnson contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists.
Sacramento: The Kings are 2-7 to start the season, after picking up a 101-92 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The win halted a seven-game skid for the Kings, who have not finished above .500 since the 2005-06 season. DeMarcus Cousins was a driving force in the win with 33 points and nine rebounds, while Rajon Rondo posted a triple-double (14 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists).