Welcome to your Daily NBA Fix for Monday, Jan. 27, the morning after a couple of championship-winning veterans received a warm welcome in their first visit back to their old stomping grounds.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett teamed up to lead the Boston Celtics to an NBA title in 2008, Game 7 of the NBA Finals in 2010 and six straight playoff berths from 2008-13 before they were traded to the Brooklyn Nets last summer.
Pierce spent 15 seasons in Celtic green and Garnett was there for six. They got the great reception and then came away with the win—Brooklyn’s 10th in 11 January games—as the Nets climbed back to within two games of the .500 mark.
Brooklyn’s 10 wins in January match their total for October, November and December combined, when they got off to a 10-21 start, and they’ve moved up to seventh place in the Eastern Conference pecking order.
Elsewhere on Sunday, the Heat’s Finals rematch with the Spurs was anti-climatic, at best, Carmelo Anthony followed up 62 with a mere-mortal 35 in a win over the Lakers, Anthony Davis went nuts in a Pelicans win, the Suns got a road win at Cleveland, the Mavericks beat the free-falling Pistons, the Nuggets won at Sacramento and the Warriors put the clamps down on Portland in a surprisingly easy win.
The Daily NBA Fix will deliver highlights, game capsules, the top and bottom five players, the dreaded Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman awards, we’ll recap who’s circling the drain, there will be some interesting pieces of relevant (and not-so-relevant) information and we’ll look at today’s daily lines for those people who like to wager a buck or two.
Check out the highlights below from the night that was, then get into the game capsules (home teams in CAPS).