Tuesday night, DeAndre Jordan got an earful from Nets star James Harden and got into it with coach Steve Nash.
A day later, he led a huge bounce-back victory and anchored the Nets’ best defensive effort in recent memory — and perhaps all season.
Jordan — whose defense had been highly scrutinized — had 12 points, a season-high 13 boards and three blocks in the Nets’ 104-94 win over the Pacers Wednesday night. He also held Pacers standout Myles Turner to three points and three boards on 1-of-4 shooting. And Turner also committed five fouls
“I thought DJ was fantastic tonight. Played a lot of minutes. Did a great job on an All-Star center, and that type of effort and performance was pivotal for the win,” said Nash, who had multiple lengthy talks with Jordan after pulling him from Tuesday’s double-digit loss at Detroit.
“If I’m honest, it was an emotional night [Tuesday]. DJ and I got upset at each other for a minute. I know DJ got upset a few times during the game. So I’m proud of him because he bounced back with an incredible attitude, effort, performance. … For him to come back and be a veteran leader and presence, that type of effort and energy in extended minutes against an All-Star center was outstanding.”