No Joe Johnson Buzzer-Beater Was Salvaging This Game For The Nets

No Joe Johnson Buzzer-Beater Was Salvaging This Game For The Nets
Kevin Durant lays it in as Shaun Livingston, Deron Williams, and Paul Pierce look on. Durant's 26 points led all scorers to take the floor. Livingston's 16 points led the Nets. Pierce ended his night with 10 points, and Williams finished with 14 off of the Nets bench.

Kevin Durant lays it in as Shaun Livingston, Deron Williams, and Paul Pierce look on. Durant’s 26 points led all scorers to take the floor. Livingston’s 16 points led the Nets. Pierce ended his night with 10 points, and Williams finished with 14 off of the Nets bench.

It started off decently enough for the Nets. They even had a 10-9 lead at the 7:41 mark of the 1st quarter. Even though this would be their final lead of the game, the score was still close at the 4:57 mark, when a Shaun Livingston dunk brought the Nets to within 1 (17-16).

Joe Johnson is challenged by Thabo Sefolosha. Sefolosha posted 14 points last night.

Joe Johnson is challenged by Thabo Sefolosha. Sefolosha posted 14 points last night.

That was when the bottom fell out for them, as a 28-5 Thunder run that extended well into the 2nd quarter brought the Thunder lead to 24 (45-21) with 6:15 to play in the first half.

Serge Ibaka dunks for 2 of his 25 points.

Serge Ibaka dunks for 2 of his 25 points.

The game was never even close after that. The Thunder even broke out to a 32-point lead (73-41) with 8:03 left in the 3rd quarter. The game ended with a 120-95 final that left no doubt in anyone’s mind who wanted it more. This is the 10th straight win for the Thunder, as they move to 38-10, while dropping the Nets to 20-24.

Reggie Jackson with the reverse lay in. Jackson was also good for 14 points.

Reggie Jackson with the reverse lay in. Jackson was also good for 14 points.

Kevin Durant’s streak of 30+ scoring games snapped at 12, as he scored but 26 points in just over 30 minutes of action. Serge Ibaka was on fire last night, going 12-for-12 and scoring 25 points. Reggie Jackson and Thabo Sefolosha dropped 14 points apiece. Meanwhile, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones combined for 23 points off of the Thunder bench (Lamb: 12, Jones: 11).

Perry Jones with the fadeaway. Jones dropped 11 off of the Thunder bench.

Perry Jones with the fadeaway. Jones dropped 11 off of the Thunder bench.

The only two starters to show for the Nets were Livingston (16 points) and Paul Pierce (10 points). Deron Williams, Jason Terry, and Mason Plumlee all did well off of the Nets bench however, combining for 37 points (Williams: 14, Plumlee: 13, Terry: 11).

Jeremy Lamb passes between Jason Terry and Mason Plumlee. Lamb was good for 12 points off of the Thunder bench, while Terry (11 points) and Plumlee (13 points) combined for 24 off of the Nets bench.

Jeremy Lamb passes between Jason Terry and Mason Plumlee. Lamb was good for 12 points off of the Thunder bench, while Terry (11 points) and Plumlee (13 points) combined for 24 off of the Nets bench.

Another back-to-back is in effect, as the Thunder travel to Verizon Center in our nation’s capitol to take on the Wizards. The Thunder narrowly escaped Chesapeake Energy Arena with a 106-105 victory when these two teams met on Nov. 10th, so you know the Wizards are itching to defend their house, and split the season series. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm CST, and will be broadcast via Fox Sports Oklahoma, WWLS The Sports Animal, and NBA League Pass.

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