It is no secret that the Brooklyn Nets started off the 2013-14 campaign in turmoil and at times looked like they were beyond repair. However, as the team got healthier and the group of savvy veterans and future hall-of-fame players began to learn to play together, the team has taken the Eastern Conference by storm despite losing their star center Brook Lopez for the season.
The team is playing balanced basketball, getting contributions from their entire roster and has gone 14-6 overall since the All-Star break after tonight’s 108-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The win also cemented the Nets’ 12th straight at home.
Early in the first quarter, Nets’ veteran Paul Pierce established the team’s offensive domination over the Cavaliers with four 3-point field goals. The Nets’ ball movement proved to be too much for a young Cleveland squad, and with contributions throughout the rotation, six players finished with double-digit points, including three from the bench in Alan Anderson (13) Andray Blatche (10) and the recently acquired former Sacramento Kings‘ G Marcus Thornton adding ten as well.
The Nets have been dominant at home as mentioned earlier, which is one of the main reasons the club has increased their overall record to 38-33, good for the fifth seed currently in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. The Nets are 24-11 at home, but are still struggling on the road at 14-22 — a trend that must change in a hurry if they expect to contend with the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers during the postseason.