Don’t look now, but the Nets have won four in a row.
Not only that, but they’ve done so without guard Deron Williams, who has been with his family following the birth of his new son on Thursday.
Last night’s win was an enjoyable one, as the Nets came back from a 20-point deficit and got an overtime victory against the Clippers. Farmer and Lopez both earned 24 points, while Humpries had 19 points and 20 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 24 points, but missed a key free throw late in the game to send it into overtime, wherein the Nets held the Clippers to 4 total points in extra period.
It was a good home win for the squad, who has been playing well in the seven games since the Williams trade, but especially over the past four games. They’ve been averaging 112.3 PPG, 49.0 RPG, 26.0 APG and even 8.0 BPG over the past four games. This is up from season averages of 94.1 PPG, 41.5 RPG, 20.5 APG and 4.8 BPG.
Brook Lopez has been a standout performer during this run, averaging .570 from the field , 27.3 points per game and 8.3 RPG, not to mention 2.6 BPG.
It’s the Nets first 4-game streak since Jan 31st – Feb 7th 2009.
Perhaps most impressive is the improvement the Nets have seen in total field goal attempts and field goal made. Over the course of the season, the Nets have averaged 35.3 FGs a game from 80.o attempts. Over the course of the last four games, that’s improved to 43.3 FGs from 90.3 attempts.
It’s probably important to remember that the Nets opponents over this streak are the Raptors, Warriors and Clippers who are 25th, 28th and 19th in league in points allowed, but they’ve got a good test coming up Monday at home against Boston.
The Nets are 0-3 against the Celtics this season, and average 79.3 PPG from 29.7 FGs off of 73.0 attempts.