The Brooklyn Nets defeated a depleted Dallas squad 114-106 at the Barclays Center on Saturday night. It wasn’t pretty, but the Nets will take a win any way they can get one.
The Brooklyn Nets finally closed out a game down the stretch.
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“He had a stretch there where he carried us when we were struggling to score. They were switching and it’s nice to have Rondae there because he can take advantage of the switch. That’s huge. If you don’t have that then it’s just iso ball.”
–Kenny Atkinson on Hollis-Jefferson’s offense
Brooklyn would storm back to build a 10-point lead with 2:30 remaining, but Dallas would not go away. Consecutive Yogi Ferrell baskets cut the lead to six.
But, Nets fans had seen this story too many times. Brooklyn has blown several leads in the final minutes in March. The worst being a March 5th loss to the Clippers in which they led by eight with three minutes remaining.
However, there would be no breakdown in the final minutes Saturday night. Brooklyn locked in defensively and strung together consecutive stops.
Spencer Dinwiddie would seal the game with a pull-up jump shot to extend the lead to eight with 37 seconds remaining.
But defense proved to be the difference for Brooklyn down the stretch. Atkinson’s squad held Dallas to 17 fourth-quarter points after allowing 34 in the loss to Philadelphia Friday night.
Carroll played a huge role for Brooklyn in the second half. The nine-year NBA veteran scored several timely baskets to halt a 17-2 Dallas run and played solid defense as the Nets built their lead.
“I just told them, ‘We’re not going to lose this game.’” Carroll said to his teammates when down 10. “I refused to let us lose this game. I felt like this is a team we’re better than. We’ve been playing close games all throughout the year, and this was a great teaching experience to be able to pull this game out at the end. We’ve got to keep playing like that and keep playing aggressive on the defensive end.”
The win brings Brooklyn to 22-48 on the season. The Nets will remain at home for a matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night.