NBA Preseason: Brooklyn Nets Win Preseason Opener in Overtime
It may be preseason basketball, but it took overtime and a game-winning jumper by Andray Blatche to give the Brooklyn Nets the victory.
The Nets had a 51-44 lead at the half, and a 79-64 lead after three quarters, but the Philadelphia 76ers came scoring back in the fourth quarter. They scored 31 points and tied the game before the fourth-quarter buzzer sounded.
Luckily for the Nets, Blatche's strong play off the bench led to him hitting a clutch jumper with just 27.1 seconds remaining to give Brooklyn the lead.
Blatche performed well, scoring 12 points and bringing down five rebounds in the matchup. C.J. Watson also performed very well coming off the bench. He was 7-for-11 from the field, good enough for 19 points. He also chipped in three rebounds and four assists.
Small forward Gerald Wallace scored 11 of his 18 points in the third quarter and lived up to his reputation of being strong on the glass with seven rebounds.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, Brooklyn's prized backcourt, played very well in their first instance of live action together. They accounted for 26 of the team's 108 points while also dishing out nine assists.
Center Brook Lopez was the biggest performer. He dropped 19 points while also bringing down nine rebounds and blocking three shots.
While it did take an overtime jumper to come away with the victory, the Nets sure looked good in their first live action of the preseason.
Watson's and Blatche's performances were especially reassuring, as there's no such thing as too much bench depth during the grind of an 82-game season.
Brooklyn next takes on the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, October 16 at the TD Garden.
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