The Utah Jazz's four-game road trip has started off with a couple of overtime losses.
They might not have to worry about a similarly close result Friday night when they face the lowly Brooklyn Nets, who have hardly been competitive in January.
Brooklyn (11-32) hasn't come close to forcing overtime much recently. The Nets have lost nine of 10 and been outscored by an average of 102.1-86.8 in the defeats.
The latest one came Wednesday, 91-78 at home to Cleveland in a game in which LeBron James and Kevin Love didn't play in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers led 73-55 after three.
"I don't think it was our best effort since I've taken over," interim coach Tony Brown said. "I don't know if it was just because it was Cleveland. I don't know. But we could do a lot better on both ends of the floor."
Thaddeus Young, Brook Lopez and Donald Sloan totaled 42 points and shot 53.8 percent, but the rest of the team hit 31.1 percent.
"It was definitely a step back tonight all around," Lopez told the team's official website.
The Nets have lost 12 of their last 13 at Barclays Center and are 7-16 there. They are scoring 94.7 points per game at home, tied for last in the NBA, and 95.3 overall for the second-worst mark.
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