The Brooklyn Nets closed their 3-game homestand Sunday night with an emphatic 122-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, catching fire late in the 1st half.
The Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night made sure they took a positive vibe with them as they prepare for a four-game road trip out West, blowing out the Philadelphia 76ers in the second half of a 122-97 victory.
The Nets (4-6) were mired in a dreadful shooting slump early in the game, but caught fire late in the first half and rolled past the 76ers from there.
With 3:49 left in the first half, Philadelphia (6-5) led 37-33, but from that point on Brooklyn outscored the 76ers 18-10 to close the first half with a four-point lead and then just worked the mistake-prone visitors in the second half to the tune of 71-50.
The Nets played well defensively, but the 76ers helped a lot by committing an NBA season-high 28 turnovers. Brooklyn scored 39 points off those miscues, while committing a season-low nine turnovers. That 39-9 differential in points off turnovers was, yeah, significant.
The Nets came into the game with 110 points off turnovers through nine games and got more than one-third of that total on Sunday.
Brooklyn attempted 40 more shots — 105 — than did the 76ers, who had just 65 attempts. The Nets shot 47.6 percent for the game (50-for-105), a number that is deceptively low considering Brooklyn hit just 5-of-28 (17.9 percent) in the first quarter.
For the rest of the game that figure was 58.4 percent (45-for-77). The Nets were just 9-for-28 from 3-point range (32.1 percent), outscored the Sixers in the paint by a whopping 70-40 margin and with 15 offensive boards to just nine for Philadelphia led in second-chance points 15-13.
Philadelphia, for its part, shot fairly well inside the arc … provided they held onto the ball long enough to actually shoot. The 76ers hit 47.7 percent (31-for-65) from the floor, but were a dreadful 4-for-20 (20 percent) from deep.
D’Angelo Russell and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 21 points each for the Nets, with Russell adding six assists. Caris LeVert kept Brooklyn in the game early, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the first half, while finishing with four steals as well.
The Nets improved to 3-2 at home with the victory while keeping Philadelphia winless in five road games this season.
Brooklyn will now head west for the next four games, beginning Tuesday when they face the Phoenix Suns for a 9 p.m. Eastern tip.
Here are five takeaways from the Sunday night victory.