Josh Newman, SNYNets.com

Deron Williams

NEW YORK — An outstanding basketball game deserved an outstanding finish and Jason Kidd was the one to provide it.

The New York Knicks guard and ex-New Jersey Net buried his sixth and final 3-pointer of the game to break a 97-all tie with 24.1 seconds left and lift the Knicks to a 100-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets in a game the Nets controlled throughout.

Carmelo Anthony was tremendous all night finishing with a season-high and Barclays Center record 45 points, while Kidd finished with 18, was 6-for-8 from 3-point range and added six rebounds and six assists against zero turnovers.

The Nets were paced by a season-high 23 points from Andray Blatche, who led four players in double figures. Deron Williams finished with 18 points and eight assists for his eighth double-double of the season.

Kidd was fouled on the aforementioned go-ahead trey, but missed the free throw and failed to make it a two-possession game. Still, the make gave the Knicks the lead, but on the game's final possessions, Williams and Gerald Wallace both missed clean looks from 3-point range that would have tied the score at 100-all.

But neither could convert.

The Nets have now lost five straight games and are 1-5 without Brook Lopez. Lopez missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right foot and the 7-foot center has already been ruled out for the Nets Wednesday night game in Toronto versus the Raptors.

"We were in a situation where we wanted to stay matched up with their shooters and we got into a scramble situation," Nets head coach Avery Johnson said of the play that led to Kidd's game-winning trey. "Normally, we wanted to live with them maybe trying to make some 2-point buckets over us in the paint and we kind of got sucked in. Once we got sucked in, Kidd was able to get open and make a 3."

The stretch run

The Knicks were down by as many as 17 points in the first quarter and 10 points in the third quarter, but clawed back and tied the game at 91 on a Kidd on a 3-pointer with 4:00 to play.

From there, things got wild.

Anthony followed his own miss with 2:45 to go for a 93-91 Knicks lead, that two-point was the Knicks biggest lead of the night at the time. However, before that bucket, the most controversial play of the night occurred.

With the score tied at 91 and 3:02 remaining in the game, Blatche was called for offensive goaltending on a ball that appeared to be on its way out of the cylinder. Making such a call on a go-ahead basket in the game's final minutes was critical, but referee Bill Kennedy didn't blow his whistle and make the call until three or four seconds had elapsed. By the time the basket was waived off, the Nets and Nets fans in Barclays Center were too busy celebrating it to recognize it.

After another two or three seconds, the announcement was made and many of the Nets players were livid.

"I thought it was a clean put back, but a lot of my teammates said it was still over the rim," Blatche said. "We're just taking it one game at a time. We're in a drought right now, we've lost five straight, we've just got to get over this mountain, continue to fight and bring it every night."

"Once that ball went in, we were getting back in transition and all of a sudden, there's a call," Avery Johnson said. "I'm sure they'll check it out and see if it was the correct call or not. I just think there was a little indecision there and we just thought the play should've kept going."

With the game tied at 93, Anthony and Wallace traded jumpers, then two Anthony free throws were followed by a 6-footer in traffic from Joe Johnson to make it 97-all with 1:11 to play.

Kidd's tie-breaking three and missed free throw were not followed by Avery Johnson calling his final timeout. On the ensuing possession, Wallace missed his 3-pointer from the right wing, but the Nets got a second opportunity after the ball got tipped out to Williams on the left wing. He got a second look, but missed it.

"Sometimes, it’s better to just go up and try to get something instead of letting the defense set up, and we had a couple of good looks, we just didn’t knock them down," Williams said. "The shot felt good, a lot of my shots have felt good, but they’re just not going in. It was a good look.”

The final possession

Williams gave his thoughts on that final possession not coming after a timeout and Avery Johnson was asked the same thing during his postgame press conference.

As one would imagine, he defended the move after the fact.

"That's something that we talked about and we spent a lot of time talking about it," Johnson said. "We got the ball up the floor, ran something we were familiar with and we were able to get couple of good looking threes. Sometimes, in those situations, you can get better threes than if you call a timeout. We'll live with our guys that took those threes."

Fast starts and then...

On Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets raced out to an 11-2 lead, only to give it all back. They eventually fell behind by as many as 29 points and ended up losing, 97-88. On Monday, the Nets raced out to a 17-point lead at one point of the opening quarter, and once again gave it all back.

Not only did they give a double-digit lead back once on Tuesday night, they gave it away twice.

The Nets led by as much as 17 early at 26-9 with 1:57 to go in the opening quarter. That lead was sustained throughout the second quarter, but finally disappeared when Raymond Felton hit a long jumper for a 54-53 lead within the first two minutes of the second half.

The Nets followed Felton's go-ahead jumper with a 19-8 that put the Nets back up by 10 points, but the Knicks continued to chip away before those frantic final few minutes that resulted in them stealing the victory.

Guarding Melo

The record will show Anthony dropped 45 points on the Nets, but it wasn't because of poor defense. The early MVP candidate shot 15-for-24 from the field with many of those makes coming on long, contested jumpers and fadeaway jumpers from various distances.

Long story short, it was one of those nights where no one on the Nets was going to do anything to stop him.

"He made some tough shots, that's what great players do," Avery Johnson said. "He's having an MVP-type season and the main thing is, even when we were going over there to double team, he was shooting the ball quickly before our coverages got there."

Anthony's 45 points marked the seventh time this season and third time in the last four games he has gone for at least 30 points.

"He's an MVP guy," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said. "He's playing at such a high level. He got double-teamed and he sacrificed the ball when that happened. To me, it says a lot because he's got to do that. What can you say, I just think tonight, Carmelo wanted it so badly."

Free MarShon

With Lopez out the last six games, reserve guard MarShon Brooks has begun to see the light of day in the rotation.

After a four-game stretch which saw him play just 12 total minutes including a DNP-CD, Brooks has is now 8-for-10 from the field with 23 points in his last two games.

On Tuesday, he played 13 minutes, scored nine points and shot 4-for-7 from the field.

Evans continues to shine

Reggie Evans' promotion to the starting lineup at power forward in place of Kris Humphries on Sunday has looked good thus far.

Evans, who entered the night second in the NBA in rebounds per 48 minutes, hauled in a season-high 18 rebounds in 32 minutes of work. The 18 rebounds is his eighth double-digit game on the boards and his sixth in the last nine outings.

Free throws

The absence of Lopez in the paint has killed the Nets defensively as they have now yielded at least 100 points in four of their last five games....Despite reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler lurking for the Knicks, the Nets outscored them, 48-20, in the paint....Williams has led the Nets in assists in all 20 games this season....The Knicks and Nets will meet for the third this season on Dec. 19, as this budding rivalry shifts to Madison Square Garden... The sellout on Dec. 11 was the Nets' seventh of the season.

Final word

"I haven't had a good game yet this season."--Deron Williams after his 18 points and 10 rebounds gave him his eighth double-double of the season.

Josh Newman is SNYNets.com’s Field Reporter. Follow him on Twitter for up to the minute news and banter on all things related to the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA

 

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Milwaukee's Jabari Parker drives against Brooklyn's Randy Foye in the second quarter. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)
Milwaukee's Jabari Parker drives against Brooklyn's Randy Foye in the second quarter. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

Milwaukee and coach Jason Kidd extended their dominance over the Nets Saturday, beating Brooklyn 112-103 in Wisconsin.

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Apr 3, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) claps after a play during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 3, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) claps after a play during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets have signed PF Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet, reports ESPN's Marc J. Spears

The Rockets will have three days to match the offer, otherwise Motiejunas will become a member of the Nets. 

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Milwaukee's Jabari Parker goes up for a dunk while the Nets' Brook Lopez can only watch. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Jabari Parker scored 22 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-93 on Thursday night.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Nets (5-12) take on the Milwaukee Bucks (8-8) at Barclays Center on Thursday night.

According to STATS:

  • The Bucks have won seven of the last eight matchups against the Nets, including a 110-108 home win on October 29 earlier this season.
  • Milwaukee defeated Cleveland 118-101 on Tuesday, snapping its three-game losing streak versus the Cavs. The Bucks scored 68 points in the paint, which is tied for the third-most paint points scored in an NBA game this year.
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets capitalized on opponents not giving proper effort and emerged with wins over elite competition.

Both teams will attempt to follow up those impressive victories when the Bucks visit the Nets on Thursday.

Milwaukee has won three of four games since a three-point home loss to the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 19. The third victory in that stretch was Tuesday's 118-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Apr 8, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 8, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will sell a minority share in the franchise but plans to remain the majority owner of the team, he said in a release. 

The team will now be on the search for an outside partner. 

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick shoots over Los Angeles Clippers power forward Luc Mbah a Moute during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick shoots over Los Angeles Clippers power forward Luc Mbah a Moute during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Guard Sean Kilpatrick scored 31 of his career-high 38 points after the third quarter to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback and 127-122 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday at Barclays Center.

The Nets trailed 89-73 when Kilpatrick scored 20 points during a 26-10 run that tied the game at 99. 

"I ended getting into a zone,'' Kilpatrick said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "At that point there was no turning back for me."

He scored six points in the first overtime and five more in the second overtime, including a three-point play with 13 seconds left that turned a 124-122 lead into a two-possession game.

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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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Brooklyn Nets forward Anthony Bennett (13) shoots over Miami Heat forward Derrick Williams (22) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)
Brooklyn Nets forward Anthony Bennett (13) shoots over Miami Heat forward Derrick Williams (22) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)

Latest Update (Nov. 29)

6:00PM: The Nets have recalled F Anthony Bennett and F Chris McCulloughthe team announced Tuesday evening.

Both players will be available for tonight's game against the Clippers.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts after being called for a technical foul during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts after being called for a technical foul during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Clippers are halfway through a six-game road trip covering approximately 6,133 miles.

The first stop went well but the last two stops turned into nightmares for the Clippers.

The Brooklyn Nets can only hope two straight losses constitute a nightmare these days.

The Clippers continue their road trip Tuesday night and look to rebound from two double-digit losses when they face the Nets, who are dealing with an unsightly seven-game losing streak.

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Nets PG Jeremy Lin is making progress as he recovers from a strained left hamstring, head coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to Laura Albanese of Newsday.

There is no timetable on Lin's return, but the hope is that he'll practice soon.

Lin has missed the Nets' last 11 games due to the injury.

He is averaging 16.3 points and 6.5 assists this season.

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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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Brooklyn's Brook Lopez drivesagainst Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (15) in last year's game at the Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn's Brook Lopez drivesagainst Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (15) in last year's game at the Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The last time the Sacramento Kings won a road game over the Brooklyn Nets, the arena was located across the Hudson River and adjacent to a major highway. The Kings will attempt to get their first road win over the Nets in nearly nine years when the teams meet Sunday night at Barclays Center.

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Nov 25, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis (11) shoots the ball while Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) and guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) defend in the first half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 25, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis (11) shoots the ball while Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) and guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) defend in the first half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Glenn Robinson III scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-97 on Friday night.

The Pacers opened the second half with a 20-5 run and led by as many 31 points.

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Nov 18, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 18, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets take on the Pacers on Friday night in Indianapolis at 8 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Nets defeated the Pacers 103-94 in Brooklyn on October 28. But Indiana has won four of its last five home games in this series.
  • Brooklyn has lost its last five games and allowed 100 or more points in eight consecutive games (2-6); the latter is the fourth-longest active streak in the league.
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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick shoots against Boston Celtics small forward Jae Crowder during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick shoots against Boston Celtics small forward Jae Crowder during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Despite Sean Kilpatrick's 23 points, the Brooklyn Nets couldn't stop Avery Bradley or Isaiah Thomas in a 111-92 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday at Barclays Center.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

When a defense slips significantly coaches frequently refer to it as "slippage".

Lately, the Brooklyn Nets have used the term frequently when discussing their many defensive ailments.

Practice time has been limited but the Nets will have had two days to see if drills carry over into a game setting Wednesday night when they host the Boston Celtics and attempt to end an ugly four-game losing streak.

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Portland's Damian Lillard goes up for a shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Portland's Damian Lillard goes up for a shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

C.J. McCollum scored 33 points on 6-for-10 shooting from three and Meyers Leonard had 12 points and rebounds as Portland defeated the Nets 129-109 Sunday at the Barclays Center.

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Nov 4, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Marco Belinelli (21) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Hornets win 99-95. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 4, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Marco Belinelli (21) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Hornets win 99-95. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- In the last week, the Brooklyn Nets have faced two elite point guards in the Western Conference.

Their meetings with Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and Chris Paul in Los Angeles did not go well.

On Sunday, the Nets return home and face another top point guard when they host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Nov 18, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) knocks the ball into the face of Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 18, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) knocks the ball into the face of Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in his fourth triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Brooklyn Nets 124-105 on Friday night.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Nets play the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday night. According to STATS...

  • The Nets have won five of their last seven games versus the Thunder after Oklahoma City took the previous seven meetings.
  • Brooklyn has had at least 40 points in the paint in 10 of its first 11 games this season. Those 10 games are tied for the third most by any team. The Nets had a season-high 66 points in the paint against the Lakers on Tuesday.
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(Kirby Lee)

The past three days have been pretty hectic for Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City guard handed out thanksgiving dinners at the Boys & Girls Club Tuesday, beat Houston with a viral-worth dunk Wednesday and then was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame by Michael Jordan Thursday.

"It's an unbelievable honor, man," Westbrook said before the ceremonies. "It's something you don't take for granted. So definitely a blessing and something you won't forget. MJ took the time out of his day to come all the way to Oklahoma City to do this for me. it's an honor. I'm happy to have him here."

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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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Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)
Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)

The Nets (4-6) are in Los Angeles to take on the Lakers (6-5) on Tuesday night.

According to STATS:

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after scoring against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after scoring against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

LOS ANGELES -- After getting blown out by the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Los Angeles Lakers will try to regroup at home.

The Lakers open a four-game homestand Tuesday night beginning with the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center.

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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.

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

LOS ANGELES -- The NBA's top-rated defense and an unblemished road record have the Los Angeles Clippers sitting pretty and fashioning the league's best record.

The Clippers (9-1) will go for their seventh win in a row Monday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets.

Over the weekend, Los Angeles capped a two-game trip with back-to-back wins at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday and at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. By beating the Thunder, the Clippers avenged their lone loss, an 85-83 decision at home on Nov. 2.

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Shabazz Muhammad (15) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Shabazz Muhammad (15) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

PG Isaiah Whitehead (concussion) is probable for the Nets matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, while Caris LeVert (left foot rehab) and Jeremy Lin (strained left hamstring) remain out, the team announced Monday afternoon

Whitehead suffered the concussion during Brooklyn's win against the Timberwolves last week, and has missed the last two games. The Coney Island native is averaging 4.7 points, 3.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game during his rookie season. The Nets selected Whitehead with the 42nd overall pick in this year's draft.

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Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) shoots the ball over Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender (35) during the first half. (Joe Camporeale)
Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) shoots the ball over Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender (35) during the first half. (Joe Camporeale)

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points and nine rebounds and Trevor Booker had 19 points and eight rebounds as the Nets defeated the Suns 122-104 Saturday in Phoenix.

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Nov 8, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after scoring against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after scoring against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets (3-5) take on the Suns in Phoenix (3-6) on Saturday night at 9 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • Brooklyn and Phoenix have split their last four meetings after the Nets took the previous five meetings.
  • The Nets have turned the ball over at least 15 times in all eight of their games in 2016-17. That is their longest such streak to start a season since they turned the ball over 15+ times in their first eight games of the 1996-97 season.
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Nov 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Pace is playing a key role in how the Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns are performing on offense.

Heading into Saturday game in Phoenix, the Nets and Suns own among the quickest paces in the league.

The Nets are averaging 103.50 possessions per game through their first eight games in new coach Kenny Atkinson's motion offense. The Suns have averaged 104.37 possessions through their first nine games.

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Apr 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks defeated the Nets 105-91. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks defeated the Nets 105-91. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets (3-4) take on the Knicks (2-4) at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • Brooklyn is 6-2 in its last eight games against the Knicks, sweeping four games in 2014-15 before a 2-2 split last season. The home team won all four matchups last season. 
  • The Nets set season highs in points (119) and field-goal percentage (.553) in last night's 119-110 home win over Minnesota. All three Brooklyn wins this season have come at home; the Nets are 0-2 on the road and have lost 14 consecutive road contests going back to early March.
  • The Knicks have allowed at least 100 points in each of their first six games of a season for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign (seven straight). They rank 26th in the NBA with 109.8 points allowed per game.
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Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) defends New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) defends New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Two defensively challenged teams square off Wednesday in the first installment this season for basketball supremacy in New York.

The Brooklyn Nets (3-4) make a quick jaunt across the East River to face the New York Knicks (2-4) in the first of four meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Nets have waived guard Greivis Vasquez, signed Yogi Ferrell from their D-League affiliate to replace him and have placed Isaiah Whitehead in the concussion protocol, the team announced Wednesday. 

Ferrell was waived by the Nets in late October and has since played for the Long Island Nets.

Whitehead, who slammed his face into the floor during Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, experienced concussion sypmtoms on Wednesday. He will remain in the protocol until he stops experiencing symptoms. 

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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 head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 109-101. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 109-101. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Brooklyn Nets (2-4) will face off with the Minnesota Timberwolves (1-4) in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

According to STATS:

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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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The Nets discuss replacing Jeremy Lin who is sidelined for at least two weeks with a hamstring injury.

Brooklyn Nets power forward Chris McCullough (1) shoots against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets power forward Chris McCullough (1) shoots against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Brooklyn Nets recalled forward Chris McCullough from the D-League on Monday night after they assigned him to the Long Island Nets earlier Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-9 forward has appeared in only two games this season, finishing with two points and two rebounds in four minutes during Brooklyn's season opener against Boston, and zero points and three rebounds in the Nets' blowout loss to Chicago.

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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 4, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Ramon Sessions (7) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Ramon Sessions (7) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kemba Walker scored a season-high 30 points and the Charlotte Hornets improved their best start in 16 years to 4-1 by beating the Brooklyn Nets 99-95 on Friday night.

Nicolas Batum added 18 points and nine rebounds, while Marvin Williams, who missed his first 10 shots, made a 3-pointer with 1:05 left after the Nets had cut the lead to one point.

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Oct 31, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine (45) defends during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. The Bulls won 118-88. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine (45) defends during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. The Bulls won 118-88. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie Isaiah Whitehead will make his first career start in the NBA on Friday night against the Hornets, head coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters.

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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)

The Charlotte Hornets were hopeful in their chances at re-signing Jeremy Lin.

Their desire to retain Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams also was significant, and it left leaving little salary-cap space for Lin, whom Charlotte could not go above the cap to retain.

Before signing as a free agent with the Brooklyn Nets, Lin said on social media last season was the most enjoyable year he spent in the NBA.

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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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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Nets starting SG Randy Foye will not play on Wednesday night against the Pistons, the team announced.

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Oct 31, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives to the basket during the third quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives to the basket during the third quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Nearly two years ago, Stan Van Gundy stood in a crowded hallway at Barclays Center and lamented how the Detroit Pistons did not have chances to win the way they defended and vowed changes to the roster he was coaching.At the time of Van Gundy's impassioned plea for improved defense, the Pistons had dropped 23 of their first 28 games.Detroit split the final 54 games of 2014-15, won 44 games last season and is projected to be a middle seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Pistons wound up 14th in points allowed two seasons ago, improved to 12th last season and have allowed the second-fewest points per game so far.Detroit's defense will look to remain effective Wednesday night when it visits the Brooklyn Nets.

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GEICO SportsNite: Brooklyn Nets 00:02:06
Taylor Rooks catches up with Jeremy Lin to discuss the Nets' tough loss to the Bulls and find out how the team is moving forward.
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