Nets Rally, Top Pistons on Opening Night
You may have mistaken yourself for being at a New Jersey Devils game.
Perhaps, even, a Seton Hall game.
But no, you were at opening night for the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center.
A buzzing crowd and electric basketball team were evident throughout the night--especially late--something Nets fans didn't witness all of last season, as they fell to 12-70.
In the opening game of a season where change was the essence, the New Jersey Nets (1-0) showed something they didn't have all of last year: heart. Despite being down nine points halfway through the fourth quarter, the Nets battled their way through tough defense and composed offense to fight their way back.
Still, with under a minute remaining and New Jersey trailing by one, a play had to be made.
Certainly, it was going to come out of Harris or big man Brook Lopez, right?
Well, it sure seemed intended for Harris. The point guard lost possession but was able to lunge it out to swingman Anthony Morrow, who did all he needed to, burying the trifecto to put the Nets up by three--and for good.
Harris would later sink two free throws to virtually ice the game, and the Nets 101-98 victory on opening night at the Prudential Center.
Lopez lead the charge, tallying 25 points and 9 rebounds, while Harris came alive late, notching nine points in the final half of the fourth quarter to give him a strong 22 for the game.
Morrow added 13, none bigger than the three of those that came at the end of the thrilling game, with a sellout crowd on their feet.
The key component seemed to be the 'unsung hero' role, that was shared by Morrow, Travis Outlaw and Jordan Farmar, who also added a big three late in the game to pull New Jersey within four with two minutes remaining.
Tremendous defense inside sparked the Nets as they made big stop after big stop to incite their late-game rally.
With the win, the Nets hustle and heart surprised a lot of people, especially after not being able to make a big-time move in the off-season.
New Jersey proved tonight all the people they need will be on that 12-man roster, as they were tonight.
The Nets will host Sacramento on Friday night and will then host the Miami Heat Sunday afternoon.