Two of the league’s hottest teams matchup on Friday in the Game of the Night as the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Brooklyn to face the Nets and kick-off the exciting weekend of sports in the area.
The Thunder are 12-4 in the month of January and boast a record of 37-10 overall, the best in the NBA. Superstar Kevin Durant has elevated his game since the injury to Russell Westbrook. The 25-year-old leads all scorers, dropping 31.3 points per game through 46 contests but has increased that to 36.6 on 53.9 percent shooting in the last month. With a victory, Oklahoma City would own their second-ever double-digit winning streak since moving from Seattle.
The Brooklyn Nets have rebounded well in the new year after an atrocious start to the season. They are 20-23 and currently have the seven-seed in the Eastern Conference, but sit just three games behind the Toronto Raptors for the three-seed. Joe Johnson paces the team in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game while Kevin Garnett (6.9) and Deron Williams (7.1) lead the team in rebounds and assists, respectively.
The only other meeting between the two teams this season resulted in a Joe Johnson buzzer-beating game-winner to secure the victory for the Nets and upset the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Despite the Nets’ record of 8-2 in their last 10 games, the Thunder are playing even better at the moment and certainly have not forgotten about their loss earlier in the season. Oklahoma City defeats Brooklyn, 111-98
Time: 8:00 P.M. ET
National TV: ESPN