These P.J. Carlesimo-led Brooklyn Nets have fared much better than their Avery Johnson-led counterparts.
The Nets went into Oklahoma City and laid the hammer down on the Thunder to the tune of a resounding 110-93 win in which the home team was outplayed for most of the night. After making a third-quarter push, the Thunder were outscored 34-21 in the final frame to squash any threat.
Joe Johnson played like an All-Star, putting in 33 points on just 19 shots from the floor. Brook Lopez added 25 points and five boards while Deron Williams bounced back from his latest struggles with 19 points, 13 assists and five steals.
The Nets got to the line 29 times and made 25, while also forcing 20 OKC turnovers. Reggie Evans as a starter seems to be working for Brooklyn, with Kris Humphries contributing 11 points off the bench.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook went for 27 and 26 points, respectively, but also combined for 11 turnovers and only got to the line four times apiece. It was a night to forget for the Thunder, who drop to 24-7 on the year.
Durant also netted his first career ejection in the frustrating loss, getting tossed after arguing with official Danny Crawford about a technical assessed to Kendrick Perkins.
Brooklyn moves to 17-15 with the win.
Player of the Game: G Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets
Johnson has been beleaguered throughout his career for being a black hole on offense, but sometimes you've just got to feed the horse.
This was one of those nights, when Johnson hit 11 of 19 shots, got all six of his free throws to go and added five rebounds and three assists to go along with just one turnover.
This is the Joe Johnson that makes the Nets contenders. Brooklyn needs more of this guy to show up over the next month when the team tries to make up ground lost from a rough start.
Up Next for the Nets
Brooklyn gets a day off to travel to the nation's capital, where it will take on the lowly Washington Wizards on Friday. The Wizards don't have much on their resume, but they did beat the Miami Heat earlier this season, so Brooklyn must be prepared to continue to build off of these games post-Avery Johnson.
Up Next for the Thunder
The Thunder get a day to recover before hosting the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. Former UCLA standout Jrue Holiday will get to battle fellow Bruin Westbrook for supremacy among college alums.
Holiday is coming off his second career triple-double, a 26-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist effort against the Phoenix Suns. This should be a battle of two young, emerging NBA squads led by rising point guards.