NEW YORK - The Brooklyn Nets welcomed the San Antonio Spurs to Barclays Center on Monday and 139-103. This is the first of two matchups between the teams this season.
For the Nets, Kyrie Irving had 27 points and eight rebounds while Kevin Durant had 25 points and 11 assists. TJ Warren had 18 points and two steals off the bench and Seth curry had 16 points and four rebounds.
For the Spurs, Keldon Johnson had 22 points and four rebounds while Devin Vassell had 14 points and three assists. Josh Richardson had 11 points and four rebounds off the bench and Zach Collins had 10 points and two rebounds as a reserve in this game.
Brooklyn started this game strong and never looked back. The Nets won the first quarter 37-25 as they were able to get any shot they wanted as well as locking down the Spurs all over the court.
The secret to this game was Brooklyn's defense. They held San Antonio to 43.3% from the field and 25.8% from behind the three-point line. For most of the game, specifically before the benches were cleared, the Spurs were under 40% from the field.
San Antonio found it difficult to create any easy shots against Brooklyn's halfcourt defense, but found more success in transition. The Spurs turned the ball over 18 times, which led to 17 points for the Nets, and lost in almost every facet of this game.
Here are your Nets player grades:
Kyrie Irving: A
Irving started this game like his hair was on fire. From the beginning, Irving was in attack mode and he used his outstanding handle to get any shot he wanted. After awhile, he started bombing threes since they were going in. Irving did a wonderful job on the boards and he was solid on the defensive end.
Seth Curry: A
This was one of Curry's best games in recent memory. He had a rough start, but he started to find his shot as the game wore on. He was lights-out from three-point land and he even found success shooting his mid-range shot. He struggled to finish at the rim, but it was good that he kept attacking. Curry did a decent job rebounding and he made some nice plays on defense.
Kevin Durant: A
There's only so many ways to explain what Durant does, but here it goes. He had a ultra-efficient night as he used his length and height to shoot over any defender that came his way. Durant didn't get to the basket much, but he did use his handle to put his defender in the blender and get some trips to the charity stripe. He did a great job of passing the ball as he was setting up his teammates all night long. Durant even got into the act defensively and was impactful on that end.
Ben Simmons: B
Simmons was not too aggressive in this game, but it looks like he let Durant and Irving do their thing all night. Simmons did a solid job on the boards and he used those as an opportunity to start the break from the time that he touched the ball. Despite not shooting the ball much, Simmons was awesome in passing the ball as he was finding his open teammates all over the court. As Simmons has been known to do, he was impactful on the defensive end and was disruptive all night.
Nic Claxton: B
Claxton made his presence felt throughout this entire game. Whenever the ball came his way, he made sure to secure the ball before he made his move to the basket. Throughout the contest, Claxton was finishing strong and scored through contact. Claxton was solid on the glass and he was great in protecting the rim all night.
TJ Warren: A
Warren was awesome scoring the ball off the bench. He worked the mid-range all night long and found himself shooting over his defender in every way possible whenever the ball came his way. Staying true to his words, Warren did a wonderful job on defense.
Patty Mills: C
Mills was unable to get anything going offensively as he had a tough time making most of his shots. He tried his best to get something going, but he didn't have any luck. Even though he struggled scoring the ball, he was solid rebounding and passing the ball to his teammates when they were open. Mills was solid on defense despite giving up some drives to the rim.
Joe Harris: C
Harris came back tonight after missing some time with a sore knee and he didn't miss a beat. He did not shoot much in this game, but when he did shoot, the shot looked good and it went in. His buzzer-beater to end the first quarter was a prime example of how ready Harris was to shoot. He was solid on the boards and he played some decent defense in this blowout.
Day'Ron Sharpe: C
Sharpe had a tough time scoring in the early going as he had trouble handling the ball whenever a pass came his way. There were a few times that he was open near the rim, but for some reason, it was hard for him to feel comfortable enough to catch the ball cleanly enough to finish strong at the rim. Sharpe was solid in challenging shots at the rim.
Yuta Watanabe: B
Watanabe did a good job scoring the ball whenever it came to him. He was all over the court and was aggressive in trying to make something happen while playing within himself. He did a great job on the boards and using his length to get his hand on the ball and be disruptive.
Story originally appeared on Nets Wire
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