Student or Learner
Why is it correct to use a comma instead of a semicolon in sentences such as this one:
The Nets did a good job, they got a good win.
It was my understanding that two independent clauses can be separated either with a conjunction or a semicolon (perhaps also with a dash).
But seriously, this is clearly a very informal way of speaking. Someone is rendering this kind of "sports speech" into writing. Increasingly in such situations people are allowing a comma to replace the more formal (and technically correct) semicolon. Generally speaking, if a sentence is rapidly flowing from thought to thought, I would allow for the comma. But I am very strict with students when they are learning their grammar rules; a semicolon is required when they are connecting two independent clauses.
"They got a win" and "They had a win" do not mean the same thing to me. The first sentence emphasizes the process of winning, whereas the second describes a state or outcome.
The word "have" would work but doesn't indicate the effort they put into it. I guess you could say, "They managed to obtain a hard-fought victory," but I'll accept, "They got a good win." It has a certain charm to it. Back in the old days the sportscasters were old ballplayers who came right out of the country. Hence you would hear someone exclaim, "He slud [slid] into third base." Now you regularly hear, "You did real good, kid," even from college professor fathers.
But, for Jasmin, "had a win" does make sense.