NEW YORK -- Brooklyn (19-34) has dropped five of six since beating Miami and Detroit on Jan. 19 and 21. The Nets are 10-10 in games decided by five points or fewer after falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 102-99.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 23 points for the Nets and is averaging 25 points in his last two games.
Rookie Jarrett Allen made his third straight start at center and scored a career-high 20 points. He has scored in double figures in six straight games and is shooting 80.5 percent (33 of 41) from the field.
"He's playing great basketball and he gets better with every game and I can't wait until he spends a summer in the weight room and starts to get stronger," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. "I think some of those rebounds, it's just a matter of strength and he's going to get that."
Still, those showings were not enough as the Nets scored 14 points in the fourth quarter Friday. Brooklyn missed 10 straight shots at one point in the fourth and was 5 of 22 from the field in the final 12 minutes.
While Allen produced his first 20-point showing, he finished with five rebounds in a game where the Nets were outrebounded 56-38.
"I think they did a great job on the glass and we didn't match their physicality in the rebounding game," Dinwiddie said. "They got extra shots and also limited us to one possession a lot of the time." >> Read More
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