If the Nets win it would be their second victory in a row at Memphis after the 101-94 decision on 12/21/10; while also tying the franchise record of 11 wins in the month of January. It would also mark the first time in franchise history that a team won 11 games in two separate months in the same season.
Carlesimo’s on fire:
If the Nets win it would move Interim Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo to 13-2 on the season, which is the second best start for a coach in franchise history. Brooklyn has a 12-2 record since Carlesimo has taken over the reins.
Locking it down:
The Nets have been able to hold 27 of their first 42 opponents under 100 points in regulation and is 22-5 in those games. Additionally, Brooklyn holds a 15-1 record when holding an opponent under 90 points this season.
Big Three continues to be the Key:
Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez continue to help lead Brooklyn to key victories. In the 91-83 decision over the Timberwolves Williams led all offensive players with 18 points, along with a game-high eight assist. Johnson, meanwhile tallied 18 points with three boards and Lopez scored a game-high 22 points.
Lopez continues to lead all centers in the NBA in scoring, as Brook currently ranks first in that category (18.6 ppg). The fifth-year player currently ranks fourth in the NBA with a 25.4 player efficiency rating.
Williams looks to continue to tame the bears, as the guard tallied one of his two career-high 21 assist games against Memphis while playing for the Utah Jazz on January 24, 2007.