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James Harden (James Harden) and Kyrie Irving (Kyrie Irving) scored 65 points together. The Nets defeated the Clippers 112-108, swept the West Coast away game, and expanded the winning streak to six games. And improved to 20-12 this season. Brooklyn is currently halftime behind the Eastern Conference 76ers.
At the last minute of the game, Harden, Irving, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were the four most dynamic scorers in the league. The Nets were in the lead for most of the game, but then their character was tested.
With 28.6 points left, Leonard got a free throw and equalized with 1
The Clippers passed the ball to Leonard, who drove along and pushed Harden away, fouling the opponent. Harden scored 37 points with 41 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. He calmly scored 2 free throws to seal the victory. Irving followed in the penalty area with 28 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in 40 minutes.
Bruce Brown played an important role on both ends of the Nets, scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a season-high 4 steals in 34 minutes.
Even without Kevin Durant for the fourth consecutive game, the Nets have won, shooting 67.8% from the field, 27.8% from the field, and 28.9% from the long range. For the Clippers, 22 wins and 10 losses this season, George led with 34 points in 33 minutes, followed by Kawhi Leonard with 29 points in 39 minutes.
These two teams easily hit the shots at the start of the game, but got up a bit early. At the 8:54 mark. Harden dribbled the ball on the court, Patrick Beverley met Patrick Beverly, and Patrick Beverley used his right arm to hold Harden and started a small argument. Despite the dispute, the officials did not provide technical support to Beverly or Harden, who were once teammates.
This dispute did not affect Harden or Irving, who led the Nets offense throughout the first game. Brooklyn added 25 of the 28 points in the first quarter-this is the third time this season to complete a quarter game against the Nets, scoring 12 points or more. After the Nets took a 30-28 lead, every Jeff Green contributed another three for Brooklyn.
Brooklyn brought their offensive firepower to second place, while the Nets increased their defensive efforts, which is the cause of the differences. The Nets kept the Clippers at 51 points in the first half while forcing him to drop 9 turnovers. Brooklyn led 58-51 in the first half, with an overall shooting rate of 48.9%, but the three-point shooting rate was as high as 35.3%. Despite their outstanding performance in the first half, in the rest of the game, the Nets injured their right basket at 10:31 in the second quarter. The Nets lost 6’7″ on the wing. Timos Luiou- Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has the rest of the game.
The third game was even more terrifying. The Nets’ defense remained strong, and offensive firepower followed, including the transitional two-pump Irving dunk. After the Grand Slam, Ty Lue and the Clippers issued a time-out notice and rebounded and launched a quiet attack, but Brooklyn responded and controlled the rhythm.
In addition to the excellent performance of the Nets at both ends, Brooklyn ended this period without any errors, only three games. The Nets entered the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead.
Brooklyn did not let go in the last 12 minutes of the game, but the turnovers added up. The Nets turned the ball three times in less than three minutes, and the Clippers rebounded under Paul George and reduced the deficit to single digits.
With less than three minutes left, Jeff Green was hit hard on the illegal Beverley screen. Green was lying on the court obviously in pain, leaning towards his right shoulder. After lying on the court for nearly two minutes, Green walked to the locker room with his own strength, but he seemed to prefer the right shoulder. In post-match media reports, Steve Nash did not update Green or TLC, but shortly thereafter, the team announced that Green had suffered a right shoulder contusion.
The Nets said Jeff Green suffered a right shoulder contusion during the screening of Clippers guard Patrick Beverley. Green kicked a Gatorade cooler before walking into the locker room. He will be further evaluated on Monday. pic.twitter.com/urzYOyRnuV
-Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) February 22, 2021
Although the Clippers came back later, the Nets still maintained the victory and completed the road trip. Yes, it will even get scarier!
Steve Nash’s ATO design was pleasant on this journey. According to my calculations, the Nets scored 2 to 2 in points and/or free throws from the playoffs. Most of Brooklyn’s out-of-bounds work in the past week was designed to produce perimeter shots. This is an example of a Lakers game.
The play starts with Timothe-Luwawu Cabarrot (Timothe-Luwawu Cabarrot) setting the back screen (back facing the basket) for Landry Shamet (Landry Shamet). The defense naturally assumes that the game is set up for Shamet to shoot the basket. But then, TLC redirected and curled around the DeAndre Jordan flare screen to open the first three.
Now, give this ATO to the Clippers.The same idea; a player cuts a specific floor from the screen, but this is the wrong direction, because this game is really designed for players filter.
Joe Harris cut from the baseline to the top of the three-point line, just past DeAndre Jordan. Seeing that Jordan was setting up a screen for Harris, the Clippers’ defense naturally thought it was a three-pointer designed for Joey Buckets, and Kawhi Leonard was in Slow down for one second while observing the action. DeAndre Jordan, his rolling ability has reached Very spectacular recently, Take advantage of this by sliding the screen to the basket. Two points, Brooklyn.
In a game with a playoff atmosphere, all ball possession is important.
It seems that every quarter there is a data dump from the Nets public relations staff, pointing out how the Nets or Nets players this season have reached or exceeded the record of the Jason Kidd era. For example, James Harden now sets a franchise record for consecutive games with a double record of 12.
But this is important…
The Nets won, and the Eastern Conference’s 1/2 game advantage improved to 20-12.
In franchise history, the fastest to reach 20 victories:
* 29 games-2002-03
* 30 games-2001-02
— NetsDaily (@NetsDaily) February 22, 2021
Asterisk? The team that made it to the NBA Finals.
The Nets will return to the Barclays Center when they host the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, February 23. The game is scheduled to take place at 7:30 pm Eastern Time and will be broadcast on YES Network. Tuesday’s game will also be the first to attract fans to watch the Nets Big Three game!
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