#2) Los Angeles Lakers: March 10
In front of a star-studded Los Angeles crowd at Staples Center on March 10—which is also the final game the Nets played before the NBA indefinitely suspended operations—Brooklyn shocked the basketball spectrum by pulling out a two-point win on the road against a team that was destined to play well into June.
You could even go as far as saying the win was actually frustrating in a sense. It really proved the sentiment that this team can beat anyone on any given night or completely flounder true. This wasn’t a game that even “genuine” fans of the franchise expected to win—but they went out and proved the vast majority of us incorrect.
Despite the Lakers shooting the ball more efficiently for the game, the Nets’ ability to make them uncomfortable in a half-court setting, hound the glass, and limit their unforced errors was what won the battle. They played about as good as a road game as they could have against what can only be described as premier opposition. It was a full-team effort and it was beautiful.
There was a legitimate argument to be had that this win could’ve acted as a turning point in a rather tumultuous campaign; they had responded well to a recent coaching change and were playing inspired basketball. It’s not exactly out of the realm of possibility to say they could’ve played quality basketball down the stretch after such an outing, but that’s nothing but sheer speculation at this point. Who knows?