NEW YORK – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Brooklyn Nets 108-102 victory over the 76ers on Monday at the Barclays Center:
Best performance: This was a tough one, because Mirza Teletovic, Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams all contributed in big ways in the Nets’ victory. Yet, I have to give this to Paul Pierce. The Brooklyn power forward had nine shot attempts, making five. However, he made all 14 of his foul shots en route to scoring a game-high 25 points. His final two free throws came after the Sixers pulled within two points on James Anderson’s three-pointer with 22.7 seconds left. Michael Carter-Williams sent Pierce to the foul line seven seconds later. The future Hall of Famer went on to give the Nets a 106-102 cushion.
Worst performance: This has to go to Nets swingman Alan Anderson. He missed seven of his eight field-goal attempts en route to finishing with five points. He also had as many turnovers (three) as rebounds (three).
Best defensive performance: Kevin Garnett gets this award. The Nets center blocked five shots to go with two steals. The South Carolina native also finished with six points, seven rebounds – five on the defensive end – and four assists in 20 minutes.