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Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan drives against Brooklyn Nets power forward Trevor Booker during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan drives against Brooklyn Nets power forward Trevor Booker during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and 11 rebounds, Cory Joseph scored a career-high 33 and the Toronto Raptors beat the free-falling Brooklyn Nets 119-109 on Tuesday night.

Toronto won its fourth straight game and extended Brooklyn's losing streak to 11 in a row. The Nets have not won since Dec. 26.

Terrence Ross added 15 points for the Raptors, who opened the game with an 11-0 run but fell behind after the first quarter.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA Today Sports Images)

Brooklyn is on a six-game losing for the second time this season and a loss on Tuesday will equal its longest skid of the year. The Nets are also 4-23 since Nov. 12 and 11 of 12 since a 10-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 14.

The latest defeat was a 105-95 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday afternoon, when the Nets gave up 13 straight points to open the second half and again down the stretch in the fourth.

Brook Lopez scored 18 of his 26 points before halftime as Brooklyn held an 11-point lead before getting outscored 32-16 in the third quarter. It was the 10th time the Nets were held under 20 points in a third quarter and the 29th time they were outscored in the third. >> Read more

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Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker looks to shoot against Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker looks to shoot against Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA Today Sports Images)

Gordon Hayward scored 30 points and Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Utah Jazz pull away to beat the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Monday night.

Rodney Hood and Shelvin Mack also scored 15 points each for the Jazz.

Trevor Booker led the Nets with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Brook Lopez scored 14 points.

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Kenny Atkinson and Randy Foye speak about the Nets? buzzer-beater win over the Hornets at the Barclays Center.

Randy Foye made a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and give the Brooklyn Nets a 120-118 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

The Nets overcame the loss of Jeremy Lin and a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to stop a five-game losing streak. Bojan Bogdanovic led Brooklyn with 26 points, Sean Kilpatrick had 23 and Brook Lopez scored 10 of his 21 in the fourth.

Nicolas Batum had 24 points and Jeremy Lamb added 17 for Charlotte, but Kemba Walker was scoreless in the fourth quarter as the Hornets had their three-game winning streak snapped.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet)

The Hornets (17-13) buzz into Brooklyn on Monday for a matchup against the Nets (7-22) at Barclays Center.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) moves the ball upcourt during the third quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) moves the ball upcourt during the third quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter)

Nets C Brook Lopez did not practice on Monday and will not play against the Raptors on Tuesday so that he can play in the back-to-back with Golden State and Cleveland on Thursday and Friday, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

Head coach Kenny Atkinson has already sat Lopez twice during back-to-backs for Brooklyn this season, a plan in which the two say they are on the same page about.

Lopez played 30-plus minutes and scored 20-plus points in each of the last four games, with Brooklyn going 1-3 in that stretch. The three losses were by a combined 12 points.

The 28-year old center is averaging 20.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 28.8 minutes per game this season. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin keeps the ball inbounds during the first quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin keeps the ball inbounds during the first quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports Images)

Joel Embiid scored 17 of his career-high 33 points in the third quarter and hit a pair of free throws with 12.5 seconds left to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Brooklyn Nets 108-107 on Sunday night in a matchup of two of the league's worst teams.

Embiid added 10 rebounds and Ersan Ilyasova had 22 points for the 76ers, who snapped an eight-game home losing streak while winning for the third time in 13 games.

A leading Rookie of the Year candidate, Embiid was 12 for 17 from the field, including 2 for 3 from beyond the arc, and 7 for 8 from the free-throw line.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin scores as Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin scores as Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)

James Harden had 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to their seventh straight win, 122-118 over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Eric Gordon scored 24 points on 6-for-10 shooting on 3-pointers, and Ryan Anderson added 19.for the Rockets. Houston shot 17 for 43 on 3s, making at least 10 for an NBA-record 24th straight game.

Brook Lopez scored 26 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 17 for the Nets.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez dribbles the ball while being defended by Washington Wizards forward Andrew Nicholson during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez dribbles the ball while being defended by Washington Wizards forward Andrew Nicholson during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

John Wall scored 25 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and the Washington Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-113 on Monday night.

Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. had 18 points apiece and Markieff Morris added 16 for Washington.

Brook Lopez scored 25 and Sean Kilpatrick had 21 for the Nets.

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick drives against Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick during the first overtime quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick drives against Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick during the first overtime quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Sean Kilpatrick scored 31 of his career-high 38 points after the third quarter and the Brooklyn Nets stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 127-122 double-overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

The Clippers started the game without Blake Griffin, ended it without the ejected coach Doc Rivers and dropped their third straight game by blowing an 18-point lead.

Chris Paul had 26 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, but the best guard on the floor in crunch time was Kilpatrick, who also had a career-best 14 rebounds.

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Sacramento Kings center center DeMarcus Cousins dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Sacramento Kings center center DeMarcus Cousins dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets' losing streak reached seven games as the Sacramento Kings outscored them 34-18 in the third quarter of a 122-105 loss on Sunday at Barclays Center.

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 (Mark J. Terrill)
(Mark J. Terrill)

One night after being dominated by the Clippers, the Nets fared a little better against the other Los Angeles basketball team. They were competiitive until the end but ultimately fell, 125-118. Brook Lopez scored a team-high 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 29 points. Lopez also became the franchise leader in blocked shots, passing George Johnson in the process. D'Angelo Russell had a triple-double, scoring a game-high 32 points and having 14 rebounds and 10 assists. He also knocked down five three-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the game. Timofey Mozgov added 20 points and six rebounds in the win. 

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 (Mark J. Terrill)
(Mark J. Terrill)

Chris Paul scored 21 points and had nine assists, while Blake Girffin added 20 points as the Clippers beat the Brooklyn Nets, 127-95. The Clippers opened the game against the Nets on a 35-7 run and never looked back. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 points for Brooklyn, while contributing two rebounds. Sean Kilpatrick chipped in 14 points as he continues to start without the injured Jeremy Lin. Brooklyn turned the ball over a seaon-high 22 times. The Nets were without Lin and Brook Lopez, who was on the bench to rest.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brook Lopez scored 26 points, and the Brooklyn Nets kept the Minnesota Timberwolves winless on the road with a 119-110 victory Tuesday night.

The Nets shot 55.3 percent from the field and had eight players with at least nine points, a surprisingly easy offensive performance against a young Wolves team that clearly hasn't yet grasped Tom Thibodeau's defensive schemes.

Trevor Booker added 15 points and Sean Kilpatrick had 14 for the Nets.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

While a 2-4 start to a season may not sound impressive, the Brooklyn Nets have performed a lot better than many people believed they would. Besides for a blowout loss against the Bulls, the Nets lost their other three games by a combined 11 points. Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Andy Greer has watched tape and seen that Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson is getting maximum effort from his team, a roster consisting of five players that are 23 years old or younger. 

"They're playing younger guys than they did in the past," Greer told SNY.tv. "But you know, they still have Brook Lopez, who's really good. They're playing really hard. Kenny [Atkinson] is doing a good job with them."

It is no surprise that Lopez is the leader and star of this young Brooklyn Nets team. In his ninth season with the Nets, Lopez is the team's longest tenured member. But this season has seen a new addition to Lopez's arsenal of moves.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet)

When one thinks of an NBA journeyman, what comes to mind is a veteran player that has found his way around the league, playing for several teams throughout his career. Joe Smith is the perfect example. Smith played in the NBA for 16 seasons, and yet never played more than three consecutive years for the same team. That led to Smith moving around between 11 different organizations in his 16-year career (which doesn't even include his second time around with the Timberwolves or the 76ers).

The biggest move Brook Lopez has dealt with since entering the NBA has been the Nets' transition from New Jersey to Brooklyn. Although Lopez has stayed with the same team his entire career, the rollercoaster of an experience he has dealt with while with the Nets makes him a journeyman of his own kind.

The New Jersey Nets drafted Lopez with the 10th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. In his first NBA game, the rookie center came off the bench and finished with eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes. Lopez would go on to win Rookie of the Month in both January and February, and finished the season averaging 13.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in only 30.5 minutes per game. He placed third in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting, trailing only Derrick Rose and OJ Mayo. Although they finished 34 - 48 and failed to make the postseason for the second straight season since the departure of the franchise's all-time great Jason Kidd, the Nets finally had a reason for hope, and it came in the shape of their 7-foot tall rookie center.

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Nov 2, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) battles at the net with Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 109-101. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) battles at the net with Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 109-101. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets have gotten calls from other teams looking to make a trade for Brook Lopezreports ESPN's Marc Stein

According to Stein, teams believe the Nets could trade Lopez in a deal between now and the trade deadline in February. However, Stein indicates the Nets have not actively sought out trade partners and are just taking calls from other clubs. 

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez had 34 points and 11 rebounds, Sean Kilpatrick added 24 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 109-101 on Wednesday night.

Brooklyn hit 16 of its 20 shots in the first quarter to take a 38-30 advantage. The Nets had more turnovers (5) than misses. Brooklyn's first miss came at the 6:03 mark in the first when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was off on a 3-pointer. Lopez had 14 in the first quarter and 24 by the end of the first half to lead the Nets as Brooklyn took a 71-55 lead to the locker room.

Detroit cut the lead to 11 heading into the fourth quarter and then as close as five with 1:34 remaining. >> Read more

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The Nets host the Pistons on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. According to STATS...

  • Detroit has won each of its last three games against Brooklyn by an average margin of 10.4 points.
  • Brooklyn's scoring has been balanced so far this year as they currently have nine players averaging at least 7.5 points per game in Bojan Bogdanovic (16.5), Jeremy Lin (16.3), Brook Lopez (15.0), Sean Kilpatrick (14.8), Trevor Booker (9.3), Joe Harris (9.0), Justin Hamilton (8.3), Anthony Bennett (8.0), and Luis Scola (7.5). No other team has more than eight such players.
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Oct 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Greivis Vasquez (21) and forward Luis Scola (4) react after leading in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers during second half at Barclays Center. The Nets won 103-94. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Greivis Vasquez (21) and forward Luis Scola (4) react after leading in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers during second half at Barclays Center. The Nets won 103-94. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

For the second straight season, the Milwaukee Bucks laid an egg opening the season in front of their home fans, falling 107-96 to the Charlotte Hornets.The problems that plagued Milwaukee in its opener are the same that tortured the Bucks last season: an inability to make 3-pointers and lengthy defensive lapses that allowed opponents to build double-digit leads.Milwaukee made just 3 of 16 3-point attempts and Charlotte shot 45 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bucks 51-46.

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Brook Lopez has the ball in the post in a preseason game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger - USA Today)
Brook Lopez has the ball in the post in a preseason game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger - USA Today)

Brook Lopez was limited to just 21 minutes in the Nets season-opening 121-117 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson said this is part of his long-term plan to get the most out of Lopez this season.Lopez, who scored five points and was 1-for-7 from the field, has not looked comfortable in the motion offense Atkinson has installed. The Nets shot a team-record 44 three pointers Wednesday night, a sign that Lopez's inside game might not be a focal point in the offense this season.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony addresses the media as point guard Derrick Rose looks on during the New York Knicks Media Day at Ritz-Carlton. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony addresses the media as point guard Derrick Rose looks on during the New York Knicks Media Day at Ritz-Carlton. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

I'm excited to get back into our TKB series of passing out your pre game scouting reports. I had the chance to watch Kenny Atkinson's Nets debut in Brooklyn the other night against the Reggie Jackson-less Detroit Pistons. The Nets won the game behind a very balanced attack led by Jeremy Lin's 21 points (5-8 from three) and the 22 combined points from Luis Scola and Joe Harris. As a team the Nets were a combined 14-34 from deep, something the Knicks should be used to after watching Houston make 20 threes in their 130-103 loss to the Rockets. 

Here is your Knicks/Nets scouting report:

Brook Lopez has the green light to shoot threes: Seriously. And he's trying to incorporate an "attack the closeout" element. The Knicks should do well to let him shoot from 3 any chance he gets. No need to fall for shot fakes.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez looks for a way to the basket as Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo (8) defends in the second half at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez looks for a way to the basket as Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo (8) defends in the second half at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)

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Sean Marks is starting to leave his stamp on the Nets, but one has to wonder if the general manager has another big move in him.

The Nets were very active on draft day. It all started by dealing Thad Young for the 20th overall pick, which they used to select Caris LeVert. Then, the Nets moved up from 55 to get Isaiah Whitehead, brought in undrafted free agent Yogi Ferrell, and in the process, got themselves $55 million in cap space.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Those in the know believe the Nets will acquire a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which takes place on June 23.

On Sunday, Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy, citing sources, tweeted that both the Knicks and Nets are aggressively seeking to acquire a first-round pick.

Later, Kennedy said the prevailing notion around the league is that the Nets will acquire a first-rounder before the draft.

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Brooklyn Nets player Thaddeus Young answers questions from media during press conference for new head coach Kenny Atkinson (not pictured) at HSS Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets player Thaddeus Young answers questions from media during press conference for new head coach Kenny Atkinson (not pictured) at HSS Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Thaddeus Young want to stay in Brooklyn, and he was apparently told that he'll get his wish.

 

Young, who signed a four-year contract with the Nets last offseason, told reporters that the Nets front office has assured him that neither he or Brook Lopez will not be traded.

 

""I've been told I'll be here," Young said. "Along with Brook."

 

When asked about Young's comments, Nets general manager Sean Marks was non-committal, but seemed like he intended to hang on to his two stars.

 

"What I said before is you have to be fluid. You never know what is going to come your way," Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters on Monday. "I hope that they're part of this. They're both terrific people, and I hope to maximize their talent and help build around them."

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I think Marks has the right idea here. If some team comes in and offers the world for either of these guys, he certainly has to consider it. After all, it's unlikely that Lopez and Young will be regular contributors by the time this team is ready to seriously contend, so if they can get some assets for either player, he has to think about it. That said, there's value in honoring the deals these guys signed last summer, and also building a culture inside the organization that fosters a winning attitude.

 

The reason people disagree with the massive tanking approach a team like the Sixers have taken isn't because it's just brutal to watch. It's also because when you encourage regular losing like Philadelphia has, how do you stop on a dime and make the organization about winning? One assumes it's the natural development of young players, but even sure-fire, can't miss prospects need a strong and steady example to learn how to win. If your team is just stacked with replacement level players, it's hard to truly bring along a top flight talent.

 

So in Brook and Thad, the Nets have to components that not only can attract some free agents, but will help the next generation of guys like Chris McCullough and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson develop. That it and of itself is reason to keep them around.

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Point guard Jeremy Lin could be on the Nets radar this summer.  (Steve Mitchell)
Point guard Jeremy Lin could be on the Nets radar this summer. (Steve Mitchell)

The Nets' new head coach was the assistant that helped unleash "Linsanity" on New York back in 2012, and with the Nets in need of a point guard, a reunion may be in the cards. 

"I think you could see Jeremy Lin, who's going to be a free agent, I could see him looking at Brooklyn as a destination for him because a) he's coming back to New York where he can become a megastar again, but b) because that's the coach," Knicks analyst Alan Hahn said on ESPN Radio. Kenny Atkinson is the reason Linsanity was Linsanity. Jeremy will tell you that." 

NetsDaily cites sources that say Brooklyn offered Lin a multi-year deal last offseason, but the two sides were about $1.5 million apart on a starting salary.

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Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 on Friday night to split the season series with their city rival.

Derrick Williams had 16 points in place of injured starter Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks avoided dropping the four-game series for the second straight season. Jerian Grant, also getting a start because of injury, finished with 14 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

Porzingis has a strained right shoulder and Jose Calderon is out with a deep thigh bruise. It's unclear if either will play again this season.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 on Friday night to split the season series with their city rival.

Derrick Williams had 16 points in place of injured starter Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks avoided dropping the four-game series for the second straight season. Jerian Grant, also getting a start because of injury, finished with 14 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

Porzingis has a strained right shoulder and Jose Calderon is out with a deep thigh bruise. It's unclear if either will play again this season.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard)
Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard)

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The Nets have their eyes on their watches, as they wait for the remainder of the 2015-16 season to mercifully expire. After allowing 139 points to the Magic on Tuesday, the Nets folded against the Cavaliers on Thursday, trailing by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter. Is it over yet?

 

"I think the mindset of the whole team, myself included, I think guys are worried that there's not much time left, we're not fighting for anything," Thomas Robinson told reporters after Brooklyn's blowout loss on Tuesday. "No knock on our team, but mentally it's tough to keep fighting in games and showing up every night the way things are going for us, and the end of the season being so close. I think that's a problem we've got to shake real quick."

 

It's a candid thought, and one that I really can't blame anyone in a Nets uniform for having. This season has been a slog through the sobering reality of what happens when you mortgage your future and go belly up. There has been a coaching change and front office turnover to go along with injuries, regressions, and the buyout of the team's leader for the last three seasons. So if Brooklyn is finally ready to pack up shop, well…they're a couple months behind the rest of us.

 

Don't get me wrong, this team played hard for interim coach Tony Brown. They won some shockers (last week's triumph over King James and company comes to mind), and were in some tough ones late that they probably didn't have any business being in. That in and of itself is a victory. Sean Kilpatrick has been a mini-revelation, earning himself a three-year deal after coming out of obscurity, and we got some sneak peaks at future core players (like Chris McCullough), as they played some productive NBA minutes.

 

But the reality is that this is a situation that's going to get worse before it gets better, and it makes me feel for some of the veterans, specifically Brook Lopez and Thad Young, who committed to multiple years of this mess last summer. It's going to be a few years before basketball in Brooklyn gets people excited again. I think they finally have the right man for the job in Sean Marks, but he has a mountain of work to do.

 

So with seven games remaining, I'm giving the Nets a pass. If they're already mentally laying on a beach somewhere, or thinking about their first morning of sleeping in without a practice or a shoot around to get to, more power to them. Because the next few years are going to require a lot of work to get this franchise back to a respectable level. I just hope when the time comes, some of these guys will still be here and ready to answer the bell.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

The Nets face the Magic in Orlando on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • After going 0-3 against the Nets last season, the Magic (3-0) have a chance to sweep the Nets in a season series for the first time since 2011-12 with a win tonight.
  • The Nets have lost nine consecutive road games against Eastern Conference opponents by an average margin of 12.1 points per game. The last time the Nets had a longer road losing streak against the East was their 11-game streak November 24, 2010 -- February 4, 2011.
  • The Magic (17) and Nets (16) are two of just five teams (also Nuggets, Pacers and 76ers, all 19) who have lost more than 15 games when leading at any point during the fourth quarter this season.
  • The Magic are coming off a 111-89 home win against the Bulls on Saturday night -- their largest margin of victory in a game since their 105-82 road win against the Nets on December 14.
  • Dewayne Dedmon scored a career-high 18 points against the Bulls on Saturday, after not scoring more than 12 points in any previous game during his NBA career. He also pulled down 13 boards against the Bulls -- tied for the second most he has had in an NBA game (16 vs. Celtics on March 8, 2015).
  • Brook Lopez, who has scored at least 22 points in four straight games, has scored at least 22 points in five straight games just twice in his NBA career (both during 2010-11 season).
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is fouled by Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is fouled by Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Dwyane Wade had 30 points and nine assists, Hassan Whiteside scored a career-high 27 points off the bench and the Miami Heat pulled away to beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-99 on Monday night.

Josh Richardson finished with 16 points in a spot start and Justise Winslow added 13 for Miami, which clamped down defensively in the second half.

Brook Lopez scored 26 points for Brooklyn, which had its streak of seven straight games with 100 or more points - the team's longest in two years - come to an end. Thaddeus Young made his first 10 shots and scored 20 for the Nets, who got 14 from Sean Kilpatrick.

Wade is averaging 27.1 points in his last seven games against the Nets. He shot 14 for 19 from the field on Monday, helping ensure that Joe Johnson's first game against his former team would be a winning one. >> Read more

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Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Miami Heat on the road Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Heat took out the Magic, 108-97, on Friday. Miami has now scored 100+ points in each of its last 11 home games, its longest such streak since a run of 12 games from April 12 -- Nov. 25, 2013.
  • The Nets traveled to Miami and beat the Heat, 111-105, on December 28. The 111 points were the most scored by Brooklyn in Miami since a 111-104 victory on December 5, 1992.
  • Hassan Whiteside had 26 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks off the bench Friday against Orlando. Whiteside became the first player with 25/10/5 off the bench since Chicago's Taj Gibson on Dec. 2, 2013.
  • Brook Lopez has three double-doubles in his last four games against the Heat, including each of the last two. Lopez is averaging 19.8 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 55.0 percent from the field over those last four matchups with Miami.
  • Dwyane Wade is averaging 25.5 points on 56.3 percent shooting from the floor in his last 11 games against the Nets, scoring 20+ points in all 11. Wade's 11-game 20-point streak is the longest active by any Brooklyn opponent.
  • Over his last six games, Bojan Bogdanovic has averaged 23.2 points on 52.7 percent shooting from the field, 46.3 percent from three, and 91.7 percent at the free throw line. Bogdanovic is the first Net to average 23.0+ points while shooting 50/40/90 over a six-game span since Vince Carter from March 18-26, 2008.
Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Miami Heat

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez drives against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez drives against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Indiana has won seven of its last nine games against Brooklyn, including both meetings so far in 2015-16.
  • Entering this weekend, the Pacers were second in the NBA in most points off of turnovers, averaging 19.0 per game. That is a major improvement over last season, when they finished 26th in the league (14.2) in this category.
  • The Nets outscored the Cavaliers 24-12 in their nine-point victory over Cleveland on Thursday. The 12 points are the fewest Brooklyn has given up in any fourth quarter this season; the Nets held the Cavaliers to just 19.0 (4/21) percent shooting in that quarter.
  • Myles Turner had 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in Thursday's win over New Orleans. The 16 boards were the most in a game by a Pacers' rookie since Chuck Person pulled down 18 against the Knicks, March 27, 1987.
  • Brook Lopez is averaging 22.2 points per game in March. The last Nets' player to post a higher scoring average in March was Vince Carter (23.8) in March 2009.
  • Since Sean Kilpatrick was signed to his second 10-day contract on March 9, he has averaged 15.7 points per game on 56.5 percent shooting, including 44.8 percent from behind the arc (although he was 0-for-6 from 3-point range on Thursday).
Tags: Brook Lopez, Indiana Pacers

 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Brook Lopez had 29 points, nine rebounds and a season-high six assists, and Sean Kilpatrick added a career-high 25 points for the Nets.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 44 points and the Brooklyn Nets had a season-high scoring total in a 131-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points, Brook Lopez added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets.

Isaiah Canaan led the 76ers with 20 points, while Nerlens Noel, Ish Smith and Nik Stauskas each had 18.

Bogdanovic's previous career high was 28 points against Orlando last April 15. His total was the most for a Nets player since Deron Williams scored 57 on March 4, 2012, and the most by any Nets player since the team moved to Brooklyn prior to the 2012-13 season. >> Read more

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young

 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

The Nets face the 76ers at Barclays Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • With a win tonight, the 76ers (2-1 vs. Brooklyn this season) will win the season series against the Nets for the first time since the 2010-11 season (4-0 that season). With their 95-89 home victory over the Nets on March 11, Philadelphia snapped its 13-game losing streak. That streak was tied for the second longest in the NBA this season (76ers lost 18 straight to start the season).
  • The 76ers are coming off a 125-111 home loss against the Pistons, which marked the sixth time that Philadelphia has allowed at least 125 points -- tied for the most in the NBA (Suns, Kings).
  • The Nets are coming off a 109-100 home loss to the Bucks, despite shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range. The last time the Nets lost a game in which they shot at least 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range was a 161-157 double-overtime home loss to Phoenix on December 7, 2006 (56.1/47.6).
  • Brook Lopez has scored at least 20 points in six straight games for the first time since a seven-game streak March 20-31, 2015.
  • Isaiah Canaan, whose 22 points against the Pistons Saturday were his most since also scoring 22 on December 26, has made exactly four three-pointers in three of his last four games.
  • Thaddeus Young is on pace to become just the second Nets player since 1996-97, and the first since Kenyon Martin in 2003-04, to average at least 15 points and nine boards in a single season.
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in the first half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in the first half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, nearly getting his fourth triple-double in the last 11 games by halftime, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-100 on Sunday night.

Antetokounmpo already had 12 points, nine assists and eight rebounds by the half on his way to becoming the first Bucks player with four triple-doubles in a season. All of them have come since Feb. 22.

Jabari Parker added 23 points, and Khris Middleton had 19 points to help the Bucks win their third straight game.

Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Nets, who dropped their fourth in a row. Sean Kilpatrick added 19 in his first home game with the Nets after they returned from a franchise-record, nine-game trip. >> Read more

Tags: Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ish Smith drives to the net as Brooklyn Nets guard Donald Sloan defends during the second quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports Images)
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ish Smith drives to the net as Brooklyn Nets guard Donald Sloan defends during the second quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports Images)

Carly Landry scored 16 points, Nerlens Noel had 13 points and 11 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 95-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

Ish Smith added 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers (9-56), who won their first game since Feb. 6 - also against Brooklyn - despite dealing with several injuries.

Robert Covington finished with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range for the Sixers before exiting with 9:40 left in the third quarter. He was kicked in the face by teammate Jerami Grant in a collision under the basket. He remained on the court for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher and transported to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was being evaluated for a possible neck injury.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez takes a jump shot over Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the second half at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez takes a jump shot over Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the second half at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Philadelphia 76ers on the road Friday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Nets and 76ers have split their two meetings so far this season. Philadelphia's 103-98 victory on February 6 snapped its three-game home losing streak in this series.
  • Brooklyn blew a 16-point halftime lead in its 104-99 loss to Toronto on Tuesday. It was the Nets' biggest blown halftime lead in a defeat since they lost to New Orleans in overtime on March 24, 2014 after leading by 16 at the half.
  • The 76ers have given up 100 or more points in 12 straight games; that is their longest such streak since they allowed 100+ points in 13 consecutive contests, January 31-March 1, 2014.
  • Brook Lopez had 35 points and seven blocked shots against the Raptors on Tuesday, going 13-for-17 (.765) from the floor and 9-for-9 (1.000) from the free-throw line. That made him just the second player since 1973-74 with 35+ points and 7+ blocks in a game in which he shot 75+ percent from the field and 100 percent from the FT line (David Robinson vs Sea, March 20, 1990).
  • Isaiah Canaan has hit four 3-pointers in back-to back contests. He has 16 games with 4+ threes on the season, with him coming off the bench in half of those contests.
  • Nerlens Noel has 226 career blocked shots and 225 career steals. That makes him one of just two members of the 2013 draft class (Giannis Antetokounmpo) with at least 200 of each.
Tags: Philadelphia 76ers, Brook Lopez

Donald Sloan has struggled running the point for Brooklyn.  (AP)
Donald Sloan has struggled running the point for Brooklyn. (AP)

The Nets' offense is being held back by its lack of production at the point guard position.

ESPN's Mike Mazzeo notes that, in Brooklyn's loss to Toronto on Tuesday, Nets point guards combined for a six-points, eight-assists, and five-turnovers, while shooting just 3-for-11 from the field. By comparison, the Raptors' Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, had nine assists, and five turnovers, while shooting 7-for-16.

Donald Sloan started at the point and managed just two points in 28 minutes.

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 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

DeMar DeRozan had 25 points, Kyle Lowry added 23 points and nine assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 104-99 on Tuesday night.

Brook Lopez had 35 points, one shy of his season high, for the Nets, who lost the season series to the Raptors for the first time since 2009-10.

The Raptors rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to get back on track at home after their franchise-record, 12-game home win streak ended Sunday against Houston. >> Read more

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts on the bench during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts on the bench during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports Images)

For the first time in two months, the Toronto Raptors are coming off a loss at home.

The last time they were in that situation, they responded with a victory over the Brooklyn Nets that started the longest home winning streak in franchise history.

At the midpoint of a seven-game homestand, the Raptors again look to bounce back with a victory over the Nets when they meet Tuesday night.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)

Brook Lopez had 20 points and tipped in a basket with .4 seconds left in overtime to lift the Brooklyn Nets over the Denver Nuggets 121-120 on Friday night.

Nikola Jokic missed badly on a backward desperation shot off an inbound pass as time expired, and the Nets beat the Nuggets for the fifth straight time.

Markel Brown had 21 points to lead the Nets and Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points. Bogdanovic made 2 of 3 free throws in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime.

Emmanuel Mudiay had 25 points to lead the Nuggets. Gary Harris added 21 points and Kenneth Faried had 17 points. >> Read more

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Denver Nuggets, Markel Brown

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has his shot blocked by Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler during the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has his shot blocked by Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler during the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Utah Jazz on the road Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Jazz defeated the Nets 108-86 in Brooklyn on January 22, with Utah shooting a season-high 57.3 percent from the field in that victory. It was the Jazz's third straight win in this series.
  • This will be the third game of Brooklyn's season-long nine-game road trip. The Nets have split the first two, losing at Portland on Tuesday and winning at Phoenix on Thursday.
  • The Jazz are 5-3 in overtime contests so far this season. Those five OT wins are tied for the franchise mark, first set in 2005-06 and equaled in 2010-11.
  • Brook Lopez averaged 20.2 points per game prior to the All-Star Break. He has upped that to 24.3 (97/4) PPG since the break. However, he has averaged just 13.2 PPG in his five career road games against the Jazz.
  • Entering this weekend, Gordon Hayward was just one of five players in the NBA this season leading his team in total points, assists and steals (LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kemba Walker & John Wall).
  • Rodney Hood is putting up 18.3 points per game since January 1 after averaging just 12.2 PPG through games of December 31.
Tags: Brook Lopez, Utah Jazz

 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Nets face the Blazers in Portland on Tuesday at 10 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Blazers are 34-6 all-time at home against the Nets -- their best home record against any opponent in franchise history.
  • The Blazers have won 10 of their last 11 games, highlighted by a 137-105 blowout of the Warriors on Friday. The Blazers, who have also scored at least 110 points in four straight games, have not done so in five straight since March 25-31, 1993.
  • The Nets have shot at least 47 percent from three-point range in each of their last five victories, and have shot 42.2 percent (100/237) from three-point range since January 24 (second-highest in the NBA over span -- Spurs 43.4).
  • Damian Lillard has led the Trail Blazers in both scoring and assists in 32 games this season -- tied with James harden for the most in the NBA.
  • Thaddeus Young is one of just three NBA players (also Andre Drummond and Paul Millsap) ranking in the top 20 of the league this season in both total rebounds and total steals.
  • Brook Lopez had a team-high 25 points when these teams met on January 15. His career scoring average against Portland (23.1) is his second highest versus any team (24.1 vs. Lakers).
Tags: Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young

Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown in first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center. (William Hauser)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown in first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center. (William Hauser)

After splitting their last four at home, the Nets embark on a season-high nine-game trip that runs through March 11. They've dropped six straight on road, are 4-19 as the visitor this season and have lost 16 of 19 in Portland.

The Nets will likely need a proficient offensive performance to end those struggles, as they've lost 21 straight when scoring under 100 points since a 94-91 win over Phoenix on Dec. 1. That streak was extended with Sunday's 104-96 defeat to Charlotte.

Brooklyn was able to trim a 15-point deficit to four with 4:42 left before the Hornets used a 9-0 run to pull away.

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Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker shoots over Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in first half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker shoots over Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in first half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Kemba Walker scored 28 points, Al Jefferson added 18 in his second game back from right knee surgery, and the Charlotte Hornets extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 104-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.

The Hornets also posted a season-best fourth straight win on the road, a winning streak they will bring to Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland on Wednesday.

Nicolas Batum had 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Charlotte, which improved to 6-1 in February. Jeremy Lin scored 11 points and Marvin Williams had nine points and 12 rebounds.

Joe Johnson scored 17 points for the Nets in their final game before a nine-game road trip. Brook Lopez had 16 points, including his first 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer. He added 10 rebounds and six assists, his most in a game in nearly six years. >> Read more...

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New York Knicks center Robin Lopez controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Robin Lopez controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Brook Lopez scored 33 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat New York 109-98 on Friday night to hand the Knicks their seventh straight loss.

The Nets buried the Knicks under two big second-half runs and put six players in double figures in a strong showing in front of new general manager Sean Marks, who was hired Thursday.

Lopez shot 13 of 23 from the field and added eight rebounds in dominating twin brother Robin, who had 10 points and seven boards.

Carmelo Anthony had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Knicks. Interim coach Kurt Rambis continues to say the playoffs are the Knicks' goal, but they may have blown any shot of that by losing 11 of their last 12 games since they were 22-22. >> Read more...

Tags: Brook Lopez, Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a 3-point shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a 3-point shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Brook Lopez scored 33 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat New York 109-98 on Friday night to hand the Knicks their seventh straight loss.

The Nets buried the Knicks under two big second-half runs and put six players in double figures in a strong showing in front of new general manager Sean Marks, who was hired Thursday.

Lopez shot 13 of 23 from the field and added eight rebounds in dominating twin brother Robin, who had 10 points and seven boards.

Carmelo Anthony had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Knicks. Interim coach Kurt Rambis continues to say the playoffs are the Knicks' goal, but they may have blown any shot of that by losing 11 of their last 12 games since they were 22-22. >> Read more...

Tags: Brook Lopez, Carmelo Anthony

The Brooklyn Nets have inquired about Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (Jason Getz)
The Brooklyn Nets have inquired about Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (Jason Getz)

The Nets need a point guard, and they're looking at Jeff Teague as a possible solution.

ESPN's Zack Lowe lists Brooklyn as one of the teams that has inquired about Teague, as well as the Bucks, Jazz, Knicks, and Magic. 

"The Nets and Knicks don't have many assets; the Nets are testing the market for Thad Young and Brook Lopez -- they'd be irresponsible not to, even without a full-time GM -- and if they snare a first-round pick for one of them, Brooklyn could flip it for Teague."

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