Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

National Basketball Association roundup: Nets rally from 16 down to beat Thunder

National Basketball Association roundup: Nets rally from 16 down to beat Thunder

The NBA has held games in London and Mexico City the past few years, always proving to be a major hit with overseas fans of the league.

But NBA commissioner Adam Silver took strong exception to that characterization during a news conference Thursday night before the Nets faced the Thunder as part of the NBA Global Games at Ciudad de Mexico City Arena. "I'm just trying to make the right plays out there".

The Thunder also played short-handed as Paul George sat with a calf injury and Jerami Grant sat with a hip injury. Brooklyn will also play in Mexico City on Saturday, facing the Miami Heat. Those games are the centerpiece of the N.B.A.'s 25th anniversary celebration of its first exhibition game in Mexico in 1992 and the 20th anniversary of its first regular-season game here (Dec. 6, 1987). LeVert added four foul shots in the final 19 seconds.

Sadly, Mexico City won't get to see the newly-formed Big Three in action, but Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony should be fit to go, likely giving wing Alex Abrines a chance to step into the starting lineup tonight. The Nets are heading to Mexico after an impressive second half showing Monday in a 110-90 victory at Atlanta, where they scored the first 17 points of the second half and led by as many as 29. The Nets will play in three countries in the first half of December.

He successfully shadowed Russell Westbrook at times as the Nets (10-14) completed their biggest comeback since rallying from 18 points down to beat the Los Angeles Clippers in double overtime on November 29, 2017. But Crabbe, Hollis-Jefferson and Spencer Dinwiddie each made a 3-pointer to help Brooklyn grab a 93-85 advantage with 5:38 left. Additionally, OKC shot just 12-for-23 from the free throw line.

"I feel that every game we are getting more comfortable within the roster", Atkinson said. Oklahoma City is 2-9 on the road and enters its visit to Mexico on a seven-game road losing streak since beating the Milwaukee Bucks on October 31.

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