Coming off a 30-point loss to the Miami Heat, the Brooklyn Nets (2-2) offered a vicious dosage of their own, downing the Orlando Magic (2-3), 107-68 at Amway Center, Friday night.
What we knew: The Nets have the ability to put a lot of points on the board if everyone contributes. Friday was the first time all season where each of the Nets star players, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, each contributed strongly. If they move the ball the way they did against the Magic, they'll win a lot more than they lose this year.
What we now know: The Nets can bounce back from bad losses. Often, over the last few years, the Nets would string bad loss and bad loss together until the season was over. It was important to get a win after a 30-point loss to Miami, but the fact that they won by 39 shows how much it meant to them.
Key Contributor: Brook Lopez. The Nets' center was expected to play motivated against a team that wouldn't trade for him over the summer, and he did just that. With Dwight Howard not matched up against him, Lopez out up 14 points and 10 rebounds and helped the Nets control the paint early on.
Turning Point: The Nets went on a 20-2 run in the third quarter, sparked by their defensive play, to turn a short lead into a blowout victory. They will need runs like that to put away teams before the fourth quarter.
What's Next: The Nets will play the back-end of a home-and-home with the Magic on Sunday afternoon. Expect Orlando to make some changes in the front court to stop the Nets big men from dominating the way they did on Friday night. Meanwhile, another solid win would prove Friday's victory wasn't a fluke and help the Nets slowly assert themselves as an Eastern Conference force.