Calling the Nets' loss to the Pelicans Saturday night a tough one to swallow would be an understatement.
After battling back from a 28-point deficit at one point, the Nets managed to force a tie at 116 at the buzzer for overtime. But it was the ultimate teaser just to fight back and lose 138-128 at the end of the second overtime period.
The Nets thought they had the momentum to snap their four-game losing streak. Instead, it was another night they tasted a win on the tip of their tongue, but could enjoy it in the end.
"We got ourselves in a big hole again. We owe it to our fans not to get blown out like that. Obviously we didn't play the way that us as an organization want to play the first half, so coach didn't even come in and yell at us. He just said, y'all figure it out, get it together," Allen Crabbe told The Post's Brian Lewis.
Crabbe added: "We can't keep playing catch up all the time...At some point we've got to figure it out. We're the ones out there playing, we're the ones out there going through the motions against the other team. It's just us. We've got to get off to better starts and not get in big holes like that."
Credit must be given to Pelicans' All-Star C Anthony Davis, who notched a game-high 44 points. PG Rajan Rondo also had a huge game, posting a triple-double (25 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds) in the victory.
One positive the Nets showed in the game, though, was no matter the score, they continued to fight until the final whistle. They manged to force overtime, and then a second overtime, but Brooklyn only shot 1-for-11 in the second overtime. This allowed the Pelicans to go on a 14-4 run to end things, and finally finish off the Nets.
"We just have to play harder, play better. It's inexcusable that we get down by 30. There's no reason for us to do that," Spencer Dinwiddie said. "I just missed shots honest, a big reason why we lost. I make those shots normally against switching bigs. Normally I do. I didn't [Saturday]. I've got to make those.
"We can really shoot, so anytime you can shoot you're in a game. It's more so about us having the maturity and the focus to not go down...Sometimes we come out like we're [a top team like] the Cavs, Warriors or something. We can't do that."
Head coach Kenny Atkinson reiterated the fact that his team needs to get off to better starts, because he can't believe his team put together a 55-27 run in the second half, but couldn't find the basket in the first half.
"It's just too many times we've gotten into a big hole," he said. "I love to talk about the positive, love the comeback, loved our spirit in the second half, how competitive we are. Just mystified how the first half was completely different."
The Nets move their losing streak to five games, while also dropping nine of their last 10 games.