The Skinny: Each team’s “Williams” – Mo for the Jazz and Deron for the Nets – came out with hot hands, as both teams had a torrid offensive rhythm to start the game. Utah hit on 11 of its first 13 shots, and the Nets turned the ball over six times in the opening frame, which allowed the Jazz to open a five-point lead after one.
The “Bench Mob” led by C.J. Watson and Andray Blatche came out with great energy to start the second quarter to help the Nets take the lead. But the Jazz remained hot from the outside to keep the game tight. The intense first half closed out with Brooklyn leading by two.
The Nets opened a six-point lead in the opening minutes of the third quarter, but a 16-2 Jazz run gave Utah a nine-point lead. Randy Foye had a 9-0 run by himself, draining three consecutive three-pointers. Foye scored 15 points on five three-pointers in the third, which put the Jazz up nine after three.
Utah opened a 16-point lead early in the fourth. The Nets chipped away to get back within eight, but by that time, it was too late.
High Scorers: For the Nets, Brook Lopez led all scorers with 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting and pulled down seven boards. Foye led the way with 26 points on 9-of-11 from the field and was lights out from downtown.
Key Stats: Foye shot 8-of-9 from three-point range – 7-0f-8 in the second half. He scored 21 points after the halftime break.
Who Was Hot: Mo Williams scored 20 points on 6-of-10 from the field, and Al Jefferson poured in 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Former Net Derrick Favors was one rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Marvin Williams added 14 points for the Jazz. Deron Williams scored 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting and dished out 11 assists for the double-double. Watson scored 20 points off the bench for the Nets.
Who Was Not: Gerald Wallace only managed two points in the contest and took a few very poor shots. Gordon Hayward came into the game averaging 14.3 points per game but managed just eight points on 3-of-12 in this one.
Fun Fact: Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley was born in Brooklyn and attended Samuel J. Tilden H.S. in East Flatbush.
It was another second half to forget for the Nets in this one.
You could blame the high altitude or the fatigue from playing the second half of a back-to-back, but both of those factors were the same for the Jazz.
Foye put this game away with his sharpshooting in the second half. And again, you can’t win a game by turning the ball over 17 times.
For what it’s worth, there were a ton of questionable non-calls by the referees in the game and not just against the Nets. The non-call against Deron Williams at the end of the first half was just absurd.
Speaking of D-Will, he had a much better game in Utah this time around, but it wasn’t enough for his team to get the win. He is now 0-4 against his old mates.
The Nets move to 4-3 on their road trip and have now lost 8-of-9 games to the Jazz. The team is also 1-4 in the second game of road back-to-backs.
The return of a healthy Joe Johnson could not come any sooner.
Brooklyn (42-31) has a few days off before wrapping up their eight-game road trip in Cleveland against the Cavaliers Wednesday. The 7 p.m. game will be televised on My 9.
Jim Mancari is a Contributor to SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter @JMMancari.