Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 12:47:00 PM with No comments
Sunday’s matinee at the Barclays Center was a seesaw affair that saw Lionell Hollins and company pull away late to earn their fourth victory of the season.
The Nets eclipsed the 100-point mark for the fifth time this season as 25-year-old rookie Bojan Bogdanovich dropped in a season-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds.
Brook Lopez, in just his third game back from injury, added 12 points and five rebounds but proved to be a defensive liability as Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic poured in 27 points and 12 rebounds.
Hollins benched Lopez in the final quarter and moved Kevin Garnett to center, a defensive shift that paid dividends down the stretch.
The Nets embark on a three game West Coast swing facing Phoenix on Wednesday, Golden State on Thursday and Portland on Saturday before returning home to square off with Miami next Monday.
Brooklyn has feasted on bottom feeders this year earning all four victories against sub .500 squads.
The Nets new-look offense is producing results as they rank No. 5 in the NBA in scoring at just under 105 points per game. Deron Williams looks rejuvenated under Hollins’ leadership and has an extra bounce in his step following orthoscopic surgery on his balky ankles this offseason.
As the Nets prepare for the toughest stretch of their 2014 campaign, fans will soon find out where they stack up in a wide open Eastern Conference.