Nets forward Gerald Wallace, who came in averaging 9.4 points, made all four of his 3-point attempts in the third period.
“Give him credit,” Brooks said. “He's a much improved shooter. You want all of your players to get better throughout the years and he has. I didn't think he was as good as he (was) tonight with those 3s. But he stepped up and hit them in a big way.”
Thunder players seemed impressed with their first look at the Barclays Center, the NBA's newest arena. Kevin Durant before the game even compared his anticipation for his Brooklyn debut to the excitement he typically has for playing inside Madison Square Garden.
“This is the first time I've been here and we've been hearing about it for a long time,” Durant said. “You watch it on TV and just see the atmosphere here and it's pretty cool, especially as a guy coming from the east coast who knows all about New York basketball.”
Durant played in street ball games across the country last year during the lockout, including a few pickup games in New York City. He was scheduled to appear in Brooklyn but couldn't make it. He said Tuesday that he plans on returning to New York next summer and competing in Brooklyn if his schedule permits.
Russell Westbrook when asked if he was fired up to play against Nets guard Deron Williams: “I am fired up every single night.”
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