The Brooklyn Nets are getting off to good starts of late. Finishing games are the problem and a cause of their three-game losing streak.
The Nets hope to put together both components Wednesday night when they visit the Orlando Magic.
In losses to the Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Nets are averaging 32 points and shooting 52.2 percent, including a 46.4 percent mark from 3-point range in the first quarter. Since being held to 25 points in the opening quarter of a 120-97 home loss to the Philadelphia, the Nets (23-51) owned leads at the end of the first quarter in seven straight games.
During those seven games, the Nets are averaging 33 points on 53 percent from the field and 50.7 percent from 3-point range.
Despite those solid numbers in the opening 12 minutes, Brooklyn has five losses in those games with an average margin of defeat of five points. >> Read more
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