1. Harris comes up big
Joe Harris came up with key baskets for the Brooklyn Nets often on Wednesday, scoring six points early as the Nets opened up a 27-12 lead in the first quarter and knocking down three drives in the third quarter to help keep the Nets afloat.
He followed that up with six points down the stretch, converting an old-fashioned three-point play and knocking down a 3-pointer and then canning a go-ahead 3 early in overtime.
Harris hasn’t been quite as aggressive this season in looking for opportunities to take the ball to the basket, but he reversed that trend on Wednesday, going 4-for-7 at the rim and 4-for-7 from 3-point range in a very balanced showing.
His willingness to go to the hole opens up space for him to do his thing from long range, as defenders have to choose whether to close out aggressively or honor the drive.
Harris did yeoman’s work, playing a career-high 41 minutes and coming up with a huge offensive rebound off a missed Ed Davis free throw late in the third quarter. Harris missed the follow, but Davis cruised down a wide-open left side of the lane and slammed down a follow.
That brought the Nets to within six at the quarter break after they had been down 10.
Harris is fitting in well as a starter, now averaging 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 30.4 minutes per game and shooting .520/.548/6-for-8 through eight games.