You can’t stop the Nets in Brooklyn lately as they extended their home winning streak to nine games with a 108-95 win over the Phoenix Suns at the Barclays Center on Monday night. It’s their longest winning streak at home since April of 2006.
Deron Williams played a great game as he led the Nets with 28 points and four assists on 11-for-13 from the floor including his first dunk of the season (I guess those ankles are finally feeling better). Joe Johnson also played well with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Mason Plumlee had 14 points with 11 rebounds as he outplayed his brother, Miles Plumlee, who had just three points and six boards.
“Well, we are trying to debate if that was a dunk,” Jason Kidd said afterward of D-Will’s dunk. “You have to ask him if it was a dunk. He doesn’t want to say it was a dunk.”
“Coach is supposed to have your back!” D-Will said in reaction to Kidd. “I can’t do anything but shake my head, man. He’s supposed to say something like, ‘I’m proud of him’ or ‘it’s a monumental moment.’ He was never a dunker in his day, either!”
This was an easy win for the Nets. They never trailed in the game, led by 10 after the first quarter, led by 13 at halftime, 18 at the end of three and their biggest lead of the night was 23 points. They shot a cool 58.6 percent, they had 23 assists and 16 turnovers as a team and even had 20 fastbreak points.
The closest the Suns came to reaching the Nets was probably with 3:57 left in the third quarter when Mark Morris cut the lead to nine points at 76-67, but Johnson hit long-distance three followed by a three from Paul Pierce to extend that lead to 15. That was just the start of a 12-0 run too.
Kevin Garnett sat this game out. He has now missed nine games with back spasms and will be reevaluated on Saturday which means he’ll miss at least two more. Mirza Teletovic didn’t play, but that had nothing to do with an injury. Jorge Gutierrez played for the first time besides some garbage minutes as he got in during the second quarter for defense. He had one steal, an assist and a rebound in seven minutes.
The Nets are at home the rest of the week as they host the Bobcats on Wednesday night and the Celtics on Friday. They’re at 34-31 overall now and are three games behind the Toronto Raptors for the lead in the Atlantic Division.