Did Jeff Hornacek find something in that fourth quarter lineup that featured four European players and one (Brandon Jennings) who played a season in Europe? There seemed to be instant chemistry in that group which featured Jennings, Sasha Vujacic, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez. They moved the ball well and cut even better and were very active on defense. That five-man unit produced a 20-7 run to open the final quarter and opened a lot of eyes at The Garden.
That group played seven minutes and scored 20 points. They shot 58.3 percent and also grabbed nine rebounds with four blocks.
But the best stat of all? Every field goal they made (7) came off an assist. Magnificent.
But was it the lineup or the opponent? Remember, the Nets were in the second game of a back-to-back and were without Jeremy Lin and they had Brook Lopez on a minutes restriction. So perhaps we can’t answer the question about this group and it’s potential until we see it a few more times.
This weekend’s tough divisional back-to-back (at Boston, at Toronto) will provide more evidence.
But one thing you can bet is Hornacek will want to see more of this group.