2. Harris lights the fire in the 3rd
Joe Harris wound up having a solid night for the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds.
It just took awhile for him to get going.
He did knock down a 3-pointer early in the game, but was just 2-for-6 from the floor in the first quarter.
The Atlanta Hawks had been scorched for 144 points the last time they came to Barclays Center on Dec. 16 and they had learned some lessons from that performance.
Defensively, they were meeting the Nets well above the break and were cheating into the passing lanes early, preventing Brooklyn from getting the ball hopping around the perimeter to stretch the defense and find open looks.
And when the Nets found a lane to the rim, Dewayne Dedmon was there, at least early in the game.
Harris discovered that the hard way, getting rejected by Dedmon on a drive to the rim. Undaunted, Harris corralled the offensive rebound and took it back up. Dedmon sent it back again.
That pretty much summed up the first quarter for the Nets, who just couldn’t seem to make a shot.
After not getting a shot off in the second quarter, though, Harris turned up the heat after the half.
His first 3-pointer of the period cut the Atlanta lead — which had been as large as 19 points in the first half — to one. His second tied the game. His third gave the Nets just their second lead of the night.
All of those shots came within the first three minutes of the second half and seemed to settle the Nets offense down. They wound up hitting 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) in the third quarter and shot 49.1 percent (26-for-53) while hanging up 65 points in the second half.
That came after a 17-for-42 (40.5 percent) performance in the first half while scoring 51 points.
Harris wound up 6-for-12 overall and hit 4-of-7 from deep in 30 minutes and is now shooting 48.5 percent from 3-point range on the season and averaging 13.5 points per game, both career highs.