The Least You Should Know
[sny-box]The Nets played a very solid first half offensively and fed off a monster effort from Brook Lopez with 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting. The third quarter was once again the Nets nemesis and they lost the lead behind nine turnovers. A solid fourth quarter and a few clutch shots helped Brooklyn force overtime. The extra period went back and forth with both teams grabbing the lead but Washington outplayed Brooklyn and made their free throws in the final minutes of overtime to notch the win.
Six Nets players (Brook Lopez - 23, Joe Johnson - 16, Deron Williams - 14, Shaun Livingston - 12, Jason Terry - 11, Andray Blatche - 10) scored in double figures.
Livingston came on for a struggling Deron Williams in the second half and ran the team extremely well. He ended up with 12 points and five assists in 22 minutes of play.
Paul Pierce, who was a game-time decision with an illness, played 26 minutes and was held scoreless in regulation but did score in overtime to end with four points to go with eight rebounds and two steals.[/sny-box]
Tonight's game looked to be a laugher for the Nets early after they were able to run off a solid first half with 58 points on 50% shooting. That was not the case at all.
It all changed with the dreaded Nets third quarter blues. Once again they struggled coming out after halftime and lost the quarter 20 -15 and it could have been much worse if it were not for Joe Johnson heating up late in the quarter.
The bench did a great job salvaging the game in the second half with Alan Anderson creating a spark when the Nets were playing sluggish and out of sync. Livingston picked up D-Will while he struggled mightily and Jason Terry hit a few big baskets.
Kevin Garnett was a complete non factor for first 45 minutes of the game until he hit a jumper with .37 left to give the Nets a 99-97 lead and followed it with a huge block of a driving John Wall with 9.4 left. After the Nets allowed a last second shot Nene put-back to tie the game the Nets fate was sealed.
This team did not rise to the occasion at all in overtime and allowed a young and relatively inexperienced Wizards team out-execute them down the stretch.
The fact that Brook Lopez took four shots after halftime is a real problem and that goes back to the point guard plain and simple. Williams is turning the ball over at an alarming rate and not playing with confidence which is killing Brooklyn right now.
The Nets have a lot of work to do become the elite team they were projected to be with this talent and depth.
Brooklyn goes home to try and salvage the second half of a back-to-back as they take on the 6-0 Pacers tomorrow night. Tip is at 7:30 PM.