His 18 points? The most he’s scored as a Net.
His 14 rebounds? That tied his high in black and white.
His 35 minutes? The most he’s played in regulation with Brooklyn.
“My mindset changed June 1,” Garnett told reporters after the Nets' 102-90 victory over the Pistons. “I got back to my regimen. I got back to what I know. I got back to what made me great over these years. I got back to who I am. I’ve been ready from Day 1, from camp, for whatever it was. I didn’t want to tell the world because, obviously, you never know what tomorrow is, but I’m ready this year.
“I’m not messing around. I’m here. I’m here.”
Garnett is taking his jump shot with conviction. Although plus/minus might not be the best stat, the Nets were 15 points better than the Pistons with the 38-year-old veteran power forward on the court -- and you could tell.
Brooklyn led 75-65 lead when Garnett came out for a rest. Nets coach Lionel Hollins wanted to give him a breather, but the Nets blew the lead, so he couldn’t.
Hollins commended Garnett for “being a warrior in the fourth quarter.” The Nets coach said he doesn’t want to play Garnett 35 minutes every night. But on Saturday, he had to.
Joe does it again: It’s become customary at this point -- swingman Joe Johnson carrying the Nets down the stretch.
Johnson had 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night. He had 13 points during a 17-2 run in the final period that gave the Nets and Hollins their first victory of the season.
“Joe, Jesus, you know what it is,” Garnett told reporters. “It felt like he had 100 [points] or something.”
As Hollins told reporters, “Joe got hot. What can you say? He took charge and took over the game.”
“I told the guys if they give me the ball, I was gonna get to the rack,” Johnson told the YES Network.
D-Will’s shooting: Deron Williams is shooting just 37.1 percent from the field (13-for-35) and 12.5 percent from 3-point range (1-for-8) through the first two games of the season.
Williams has made his presence felt in other aspects, however. He had six assists and no turnovers in 41 minutes Saturday, and he played solid defense on Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings.
“He played well,” Hollins said. “You guys get into stuff that has no bearing on winning or losing. Deron was a force tonight.”