Their first match-up had a surprise ending as the Nets squeaked out an 95-93 victory that jump-started their 2014 run. The Nets are hoping for a little more of that magic after a crushing defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors which ended their five-game winning streak and dropped their record to 10-2 since the new year.
The Thunder are crushing all opponents as Durant has entered basketball’s mythical “zone.” Durant has scored 30 points in 11 straight games as he tries to keep his team atop the Western Conference standings until his running partner Russell Westbrook returns from injury. It may seem that he has done it all alone, but Durant has received help from Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson.
As the Nets continue to fight for their playoff lives they must continue to play the type of stellar defense that has led them to their remarkable turnaround. The defense has been one of the best in the league during their streak, and they will have to be on top of their game to even try to contain the blazing inferno named Durant.
The Thunder are riding a nine-game wining streak and are out for revenge as they took the sloppy Nets for granted the last time they met. Deron Williams must forget his costly turnover from last game and get his team in position for another upset. This has become a tight unit over the last few weeks, and the Thunder have to know they are walking into a lion’s den to face this hungry Nets team.