Nic Claxton's Shooting Wows NBA Twitter as Kevin Durant, Nets Beat Giannis, Bucks

Erin WalshDecember 24, 2022

Brooklyn Nets center Nic Claxton (33) looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AP Photo/Nick Wass

Have a night, Nic Claxton.

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 118-100 on Friday at the Barclays Center to improve to 21-12 on the season, and it was Claxton who impressed with a remarkable shooting performance.

The fourth-year center finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes, making 9-of-10 shots from the floor. His 19 points tied his season high.

Claxton's efforts were a huge reason why the Nets topped the Bucks, who were leading the Eastern Conference entering play Friday, and NBA Twitter was particularly stunned by his shooting:

Yaya Dubin @JADubin5

Claxton has been the best non-Giannis-or-KD player on the floor in this game and that's why the Nets are winning.

Matt Brooks @MattBrooksNBA

Hell of a game from Nic Claxton. Great finish through contact over Brook. He's improved so much at that this year.

Rob Markman ๐Ÿ’ญ @RobMarkman

Claxton is ballin today

Doug Norrie @DougNorrie

Wouldn't trade Claxton for Giannis straight up at this point

James Young @CoachYoungNJ

If Claxton can play like this, yeah I think so. Defense and rebounding are their issues <a href="https://t.co/Snit2Ma2qL">https://t.co/Snit2Ma2qL</a>

Doug Norrie @DougNorrie

Nic Claxton shoulder flex on Giannis is the what the holidays are all about

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer

From <a href="https://twitter.com/BKN_NETSPR?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BKN_NETSPR</a>: In addition to his season-high-tying 19 points tonight, Nic Claxton has added a career-high-tying five assists for a second straight game.<br><br>Claxton has also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded three steals.

Joseph Spector @JoeSpectorNY

It is the dagger. Big win for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Nets</a><br><br>Simmons, Claxton come up hugeโ€ฆ <a href="https://t.co/UnlHaFq6lf">https://t.co/UnlHaFq6lf</a>

Brooklyn Netcast @BrooklynNetcast

Nic Claxton tonight: <br><br>19 Points <br>8 Rebounds <br>5 Assists <br>3 Steals <br>90 FG% <br><br>WHAT A GAME FOR HIM <a href="https://t.co/EXtoGjFdC8">pic.twitter.com/EXtoGjFdC8</a>

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Didn't know Nix Claxton was this good sheesh

Coach Kyle ๐Ÿ€ @CoachKyle585

Nic Claxton masterclass tonight

Ryan @RRMorleyy

Simmons x Claxton absolutely took it to Giannis tonight and played bully ball and got into him from the start helluva game guys <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NetsWorld?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NetsWorld</a>

Claxton is in the midst of his best campaign in the NBA. He entered Friday's game averaging 11.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 assists in 29 games while shooting 73.8 percent from the floor.

The University of Georgia product is under contract with the Nets through the 2023-24 campaign, and he'll surely receive a nice raise on his next deal, especially given how impactful he has been for Brooklyn this season.

In addition to Claxton, Kevin Durant had a solid game, finishing with 24 points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

Each player in Brooklyn's starting fiveโ€”Claxton, Durant, Royce O'Neale, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmonsโ€”hit double digits in scoring.

While Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had a game-high 26 points, only three of his teammates also reached double figures.

The Nets will be back in action against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, hoping to extend their winning streak to nine games.