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Garnett and Pierce Are Welcomed Additions to Brooklyn
Loss to Nets sends Heat on two game losing streak
BROOKLYN – The place the Barclay Center on Flatbush and Atlantic was electric. Perhaps it was because the two-time defending World Champion Miami Heat was in town? Perhaps it could have been because the game was televised on ESPN? Or perhaps it was because it was the first ever regular season home game featuring the Brooklyn Nets’ new additions in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry? The aforementioned triumvirate was acquired over the summer in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics that cost the Nets 3 future first round picks.
The Nets won the game in dramatic fashion 101-100 behind 19 points apiece by Pierce and holdover Joe Johnson. It was Pierce who stepped forward to remind everyone of his Hall-of-Fame credentials. “Double P” as LeBron James used to reference him, admitted to being passive early on, when he scored just two points in the first half. But in typical Pierce fashion, he responded with 11 points in the third quarter when the Nets were searching for offense.
The win ended a 13-game losing streak against the Boys from Sunshine State.” Garnett, who had a solid game despite just netting six points admitted afterwards, “I had to be careful not to let my emotions get the best of me. I almost got distracted with the crowd and all. Big ups to Brooklyn.”
Pierce added, “It was good that we got a taste of this type of atmosphere this early in the season to try to see where we’re at,” Pierce said. “Miami, whenever they come into town, they’re a measuring stick for everybody, so it was good for us to come out and get the win.”
Garnett, after all of these years of playing with Pierce still has the utmost respect for him, “He’s a beautiful painting I get to watch every night,” Garnett said of Pierce. “It’s good to see him have games like this. He carried us for a stretch.” Pierce reasoned, “I just wanted to be aggressive. And I think it opened up things for everybody. I can’t sit back and wait for things to happen.”
If this is what Nets fans have to look forward to this season, things can be very interesting in the East.
NET NOTES: Barclay’s was star-studded with the likes of Magic Johnson, Soccer star, David Beckham, City of New York Mayor, Mike Bloomberg and recently retired, Allen Iverson. Nets out-rebounded Heat, 40-30 and out shot-blocked them, 5 to two. Neither Mike Beasley nor Greg Oden saw any game time action. James led the Heat with 23 points on 11-of-19 from the field and added six assists and five rebounds. He had little help from his teammates
Jerald L. Hoover