The Least You Should Know
[sny-box]Joe Johnson might as well be crowned the NBA's intercontinental champion, as he rode a 26-point first half to a game-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting.
Johnson shot 10-of-13 in the first half, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc.
Speaking of long distance, it appeared for awhile that Kyle Korver's three-point stroke didn't make the trip overseas, as his NBA-record streak of 107 straight games with at least one made three-pointer was in jeopardy until he hit a three-ball with a little over eight minutes left in the game, on his eighth attempt.
Andray Blatche had a monster game off the bench, with 20 points on 10-of-18 shooting, a game-high 14 rebounds, six assists, a block, and a steal.
Paul Pierce and Alan Anderson got hot in the second half, as Pierce scored 10 of his 18 points after halftime and Anderson added 10 of his 15 after the break too.
The Nets scored 65 points in the first half on 28-of-51 (55%) shooting, the most points they've scored in any first half, in any continent, all season long.
Fueled by strong defense throughout this month, the Nets complemented it with one of their strongest offensive performances of the season. They scored over 30 points each in the first three quarters for the first time this season, and put up another 28 in the fourth, even as they emptied their bench.
No matter who was on the floor, the Nets' offense played crisp, smooth basketball, as they shot 58.2% from the field and 59.3% from behind the arc, on their way to a 127-point afternoon. Only their blowout win against the 76ers in December was better in terms of points, shooting percentage and three-point shooting percentage.
The Nets dished out a season-high 38 assists, led by Jason Terry's seven. Blatche and Pierce had six apiece, and seven different Nets had at least three, with all seven players each putting up more assists than turnovers. The defense was stout as well, as the Hawks had just 74 points on 42.4% shooting through the first three quarters.
All in all, it was one heck of a transatlantic business trip for these Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets will fly back across the pond and get ready to play the cross-town rival Knicks on Monday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Tip off is set for 2:30 pm.