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Brooklyn Nets vs Phoenix Suns 12/23/18 Postgame Notes and Observations

The Nets got back on the winners list thanks to a 111-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns. The Nets had six players who scored in double digits, highlighted by Rodions Kurucs first career double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Spencer Dinwiddie’s 24 points and 7 assists. Here’s how the game unfolded.

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1st Quarter:

  • Joe Harris hits the three for the Nets first bucket of Festivus
  • Great penetration from Harris and timing in the pass to Allen, who earns the and one opportunity
  • Make that two threes for Harris
  • Kurucs cutting is sublime, as he follows up his own miss to make the basket
  • Lovely lob from D’Lo leads to an athletic alley for Allen
  • Kurucs baseline cuts make me happy
  • Rodions with the smooth blow-by
  • Spencer Dinwiddie is so crafty around the rim
  • Jared Dudley’s three has been wet the last week or so
  • The Nets bench has been outproducing the starters at this early stage
  • Nets with a 38-31 lead to end the first

2nd Quarter:

  • Dudley’s driving is super underrated
  • Ed Davis’ strength earns him the and one
  • Dudley and Davis with the two man game yet again
  • Davis rebounds the ball like his life depends on it
  • That Jarrett Allen three was sleek
  • Kurucs with the emphatic finish on the alley oop from Dinwiddie
  • Dudley’s penetration into the paint and timely dishes have been awesome this evening
  • Kurucs has no fear
  • Sweet tip in from Rondae
  • Nets lead stays at 7 to end the half, 63-56

3rd Quarter:

  • Suns go an early run to cut the lead to 3
  • Nice read from Russell as he gets to the rim
  • You can’t leave Harris open in the corner
  • Backed up with a Russell three
  • Kurucs nails the three and gets down on the other end with the block
  • Then slams it home on the offensive end
  • Allen’s finishing on alley oops has grown markedly this season
  • Russell with the pull up three extends the lead to 17

4th Quarter:

  • Dinwiddie kicks off scoring in the fourth with the reverse layup
  • Lead cut back to 12 with the Oubre three
  • Sweet reverse from Joey Buckets
  • Wonderful dime from Kurucs to Davis for the dunk
  • Not sure how Dinwiddie made that off balance bucket
  • Phoenix cut the lead to 10 with just less than 2 minutes remaining
  • Timely floater from Spencer
  • Nets close it out for a 111-103 win