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On Monday night, the Nets defeated?the Washington Wizards by a final score of 106-101.

The Skinny: With the fourth seed already locked up, the Nets rested four starters and began the game with C.J. Watson, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries and Andray Blatche starting alongside Gerald Wallace. The Wizards opened the game up on a 7-2 run and quickly sped out to a 19-7 lead after the Nets began the game by shooting just 2-of-5 and turning the ball over three times. Trevor Booker and Cartier Martin grabbed seven combined rebounds in the quarter, and the Wizards played with pace and passion en route to a 34-21 lead after one.

Humphries gave the Nets great energy play to open the second quarter, but the Wizards were able to maintain a comfortable lead. But back-to-back lay-ups from Watson and Brooks closed the deficit to five. John Wall began taking control offensively, which helped Washington go back up double figures. Late turnovers hurt the Wizards, and Blatche hit on an acrobatic lay-up to close out the first half to get the Nets within six.

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On Sunday afternoon, the Nets were defeated by the Toronto Raptors by a final score of 93-87.

The Skinny: The Raptors shot lights out to start the game on a 14-2 run. Keith Bogans responded with a pair of three-pointers, and Joe Johnson followed with a three to cut the deficit to three. DeMar DeRozan scored 11 first-quarter points, and a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Rudy Gay gave Toronto a four-point lead after one.

A 7-0 Raptors? run to start the second quarter increased the lead to double figures. Toronto then went on an 11-0 run to push the lead to 20. The Raptors outscored the Nets 27-12 in the quarter to take a 19-point lead at the break.

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On Friday night, the Nets defeated the Indiana Pacers by a final score of 117-109.

The Skinny: The Nets opened the game 7-of-8 from the field, with Joe Johnson coming out of the gate with the hot hand. Brook Lopez then scored eight straight Nets? points to open an eight-point lead. Lopez and Johnson combined to shoot 10-for-13 for 22 points in the opening frame, helping Brooklyn take a seven-point lead after one.

A 7-0 Pacers? run got Indiana back to within three early in the second quarter. But Deron Williams scored seven straight Nets? points during a 12-2 run, which put Brooklyn ahead by 14. Williams then drilled two more three-pointers to increase the lead to 21. He scored 20 points in the quarter, and the Nets led by 19 at the break.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Boston Celtics by a final score of 101-93.

The Skinny: The Celtics raced out to the early lead, relying on hot three-point shooting to open an eight-point lead. But Joe Johnson found his outside stroke, and the Nets responded with a 13-2 run, capped off by back-to-back three-pointers by C.J. Watson. Brooklyn led by one after one.

Deron Williams took control offensively to open the second quarter, helping to increase the Nets? lead to six. Boston?s second unit immediately fought back to regain the lead, but from there the Nets went on a 15-4 run to lead by 10 at the break. D-Will scored 11 points in the quarter, and things began to get chippy as Kevin Garnett picked up a technical foul for a skirmish with Reggie Evans.

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On Tuesday night, the Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by a final score of 104-83.

The Skinny: Reggie Evans and Brook Lopez absolutely dominated the paint in the opening minutes, with the Nets scoring 22 of their first 25 points in the paint. Lopez finished the first quarter with 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, while Evans had a double-double after the opening frame with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brooklyn ended the first quarter on an 11-1 run and opened a 13-point lead.

The 76ers opened the second quarter on a 13-5 run to cut into the Nets? lead, with Dorell Wright knocking down outside shots. Joe Johnson responded with a few timely buckets, and the Nets? starters all returned to orchestrate a 14-3 run to close out the first half with an 18-point lead.

Tags: 76ers, brook lopez, deron williams, joe johnson, jrue holiday, Nets, nets, nets sixers, rapid recap, Reggie Evans, sixers
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On Thursday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 92-90.

The Skinny: The Nets opened the game on an 8-0 run in the first two minutes, with Brook Lopez knocking down jumpers and converting in the paint. Lopez scored 18 of Brooklyn?s first 22 points after making his first six shots from the field and 8-of-9 overall. The Nets opened a 13-point lead after the first quarter.

The Nets maintained their double-digit lead for much of the second quarter, with Andray Blatche and MarShon Brooks provided the offense from the second unit. Chicago finally got going offensively to get back within seven in the final minutes thanks to Carlos Boozer. But a hot hand from Deron Williams and an emphatic dunk from Lopez helped Brooklyn close out the first half leading by 11.

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On Saturday night, the Nets were defeated by the Utah Jazz by a final score of 116-107.

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.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers by a final score of 111-93.

The Skinny: The Nets came out with great energy ? especially Reggie Evans who had six points and six rebounds (three offensive) in the first five minutes as part of a 16-2 Nets? run. Brook Lopez was dominant in the paint, scoring 11 points in the quarter to help Brooklyn open a 20-point lead after one. Evans finished one point shy of a double-double in the opening frame after tallying nine points and 10 rebounds. Evans himself had seven more boards in the first quarter than the entire Portland team (three).

Andray Blatche started the second quarter on a 7-0 run all by himself to increase the Nets? lead to 27. The Trail Blazers finally gained some confidence at the offensive end, with LaMarcus Aldridge heating up. But that effort made little dent into Brooklyn?s big lead, which was 23 at the break.

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On Sunday night, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Brooklyn Nets by a final score of 105-93.

The Skinny:?Surprisingly, Reggie Evans and Kyle Korver led their respective teams in the early going. Evans scored six of the Nets first 10 points, while Korver scored 7 of the Hawks first 13. The Nets played good defense in the game's first frame, ending the quarter on a 9-2 run and taking a 24-21 lead into the second quarter.

Joe Johnson played with the Nets second unit in the early minutes of the second quarter. John Jenkins gave the Hawks seven quick points and helped them reclaim a 38-37 lead. Al Horford also cooked in the first half, scoring 14 points. DeShawn Stevenson hit a prayer of a three with the shot clock expiring and gave the Hawks a 51-49 lead after the second quarter.

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On Tuesday night, the Nets defeated the New Orleans Hornets by a final score of 108-98.

The Skinny: The pace of this game started off slow at both ends, but the Nets found their groove, as five early offensive rebounds from Reggie Evans helped Brooklyn go on a 12-2 run to open an eight-point lead. The Nets consistently got to the free-throw line (8-of-10) in the opening quarter. Brook Lopez scored four of his 12 first-quarter points from the charity stripe, and the Nets led by nine after one.

Against Brooklyn?s second unit, the Hornets got their act together offensively after a cold first quarter and went on a 12-0 run spanning the quarters to get back within one. But once Deron Williams reentered the game at the 9:47 mark, the Nets went on a 19-7 run to go up 13. Andray Blatche poured in 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the second quarter, which helped the Nets maintain their nine-point lead at the break.

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On Monday night, the Nets were defeated by the Philadelphia 76ers by a final score of 106-97.

The Skinny: After falling behind early, the Nets went on a 10-0 run, led by Brook Lopez, to take the lead. But Philadelphia responded with a 10-2 run of its own to regain the lead before Brooklyn again went back ahead. Lopez scored 14 of the Nets? 28 first-quarter points, which helped the team open a four-point lead after one.

The ?Bench Mob? played good minutes to start the second to extend the lead to seven, but a 7-0 run from the 76ers tied the game midway through the quarter. Dorell Wright scored eight straight points for Philadelphia as the teams traded leads. A 10-1 run to close out the first half put the Sixers up seven at the break.

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On Friday night, the Nets defeated the Washington Wizards by a final score of 95-78.

The Skinny: Deron Williams drained six three-pointers in the first five minutes to score 18 points on Brooklyn?s 24-2 run to start the game. He later hit his seventh three of the first quarter and scored 23 of the Nets? first 31 points. The Nets led by 24 after the opening frame, as the Wizards shot just 6-of-24 from the field.

The pace slowed down considerably to start the second quarter, but Williams drained his eighth three of the half after reentering. He finally missed from beyond the arc but then started attacking the rim to pick up some points in the paint. He then hit his ninth three of the half to set a new NBA record for made three-pointers in a half, and he set a Nets? franchise record with 12 made field goals in a half. Brooklyn opened a 26-point lead at the break.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats by a final score of 99-78.

The Skinny: After making two of their first three, the Nets missed six straight shots early in the first quarter, allowing the Bobcats to orchestrate a 16-2 run to open a 12-point lead. Following a P.J. Carlesimo timeout, the Nets went on a 12-4 run to get back within one. Five three-pointers from Brooklyn in the quarter kept the game close, as the Nets trailed by three after one.

The Nets took the lead to start the second, but hot shooting from Ben Gordon off the bench put the Bobcats right back on top. Gordon scored Charlotte?s first 12 points of the second quarter, and a 13-2 run put the Bobcats up 10. Charlotte maintained that 10-point lead into the break.

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On Saturday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 96-85.

The Skinny: The Bulls found themselves in early foul trouble, and the Nets took full advantage, going on a 15-2 run to open an 11-point lead. Following a Tom Thibodeau timeout, Chicago found its offensive stroke and went on a 15-6 run. Brooklyn had turnovers on four-straight possessions during that run. An underhanded floater by Nate Robinson at the buzzer tied the game at 27 after one. Brook Lopez had 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the opening quarter.

Both benches played with good energy to keep the game close throughout most of the second quarter. But more Nets? turnovers helped the Bulls open a 14-point lead on a 15-0 run to end the half.

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On Friday night, the Nets were defeated by Dallas Mavericks by a final score of 98-90.

The Skinny:?The first quarter saw the Nets and Mavericks trade the lead seven times. Only Deron Williams (10), Gerald Wallace (five) and Brook Lopez (six) scored for the Nets. The Mavericks had a more balanced scoring attack?six players scored. The Mavs, 22-21 after one.

In the second quarter, Dirk Nowitzki and Elton Brand got hot and the Mavericks made a concerted effort to get the ball inside. The teams traded baskets back-and-forth and nobody was able to take control. The Nets reinserted their starting lineup for the final five minutes of the half. Williams ended the half with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, but O.J. Mayo (11) and Dirk Nowitzki (10) combined for 21 and helped the Mavericks withstand the Nets hot half. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field and the Nets led 49-48 after two.

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On Tuesday night, the Nets defeated the New Orleans Hornets by a final score of 101-97.

The Skinny: Without Joe Johnson for the third straight game, Deron Williams came out scorching hot for the Nets, orchestrating a 17-6 run in the opening minutes of the first quarter. Brook Lopez was also efficient from the field, adding 10 points in the opening frame to help Brooklyn open an 11-point lead after one.

Great energy play from Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and Andray Blatche led the Nets on a 20-9 run to start the second quarter to increase the lead to 22. New Orleans then responded with a 10-2 run of their own to cut into the lead but still trailed by 16 at the break. Williams had 20 points through one half.

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On Sunday night, the Nets were defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies by a final score of 76-72.

The Skinny: Marc Gasol scored the first eight points for Memphis to help the Grizzlies open a 10-point lead. But the Nets then went on a 15-2 run to take the lead, aided by two three-pointers from Deron Williams. Brooklyn led by three after the first quarter.

The Grizzlies went back in front on an Austin Daye three-pointer in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Keith Bogans later drained a three to put the Nets back on top. A 12-4 run then helped Memphis regain a seven-point lead late in the quarter, and the Grizzlies led by five at the break.

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On Friday night, the Rockets defeated the Nets, 106-96.

The Skinny:?The teams began the game with a high scoring, back and forth first quarter. The Rockets managed to take a three point lead into the second quarter thanks to a balanced scoring attack. Seven players scored in the quarter, led by Chandler Parsons' seven points. C.J. Watson, who started for the injured Joe Johnson, made his first three shots, matching Parson's seven.

In the second quarter, Jeremy Lin and Parsons broke down the Nets perimeter defense and found open teammates. The duo combined for seven assists in the quarter and helped the Rockets make 12-of-22 shot attempts. The Nets turned the ball over four times in the quarter and managed to collectively shoot just 9-of-23 in the quarter. The bright spot in the first half was Brook Lopez, who scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting. The Rockets led, 61-53.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks by a final score of 97-94.

The Skinny: Brandon Jennings picked up where he left off Tuesday night, scoring 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting as part of a 23-7 Bucks? run to establish a 12-point lead early. Milwaukee missed its first three shots but then proceeded to make 10 straight from the field. Ersan Ilyasova added 10 points and six rebounds in the opening frame, but the Nets cut the lead to eight after one.

The Nets had a sloppy start to the second quarter, but C.J. Watson?s three-point stroke helped Brooklyn get back to within three as part of a 9-0 run. But the Bucks immediately followed with a 6-0 run to go back up nine. Jennings did not miss a shot in the first half, as his 18 points led Milwaukee to a 12-point lead at the break.

Tags: brandon jennings, brook lopez, Brooklyn, Bucks, deron williams, joe johnson, milwaukee, Nets, nets, nets bucks, rapid recap
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On Tuesday night, the Nets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks by a final score of 113-111.

The Skinny: The Nets raced out to a 31-24 lead after the first quarter. Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams set the tone early, scoring seven, six and seven points, respectively. The triad shot a combined 6-of-14 from the field and helped the team hold a seven point lead after one, despite a seven-point first quarter by Ersan Ilyasova.

In the second, Mike Dunleavy helped the Bucks second unit close the gap to two points, but the Nets second unit, led by Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson and Keith Bogans helped the unit respond with a 7-0 to push the lead back to nine. Once the Nets starters were reinserted, the lead grew to as many as 15. Thanks in part to eight points from Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis over the final two minutes of the half, the Nets carried a 61-51 lead into the half. Williams had a productive first half with 12 points, three rebounds, five assists. For the Bucks, Jennings and Ellis each scored 11 points and Ilyasova added 10.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets by a final score of 119-108.

The Skinny: The Nets opened the game 4-of-6 from behind the three-point line. But the Nuggets were unstoppable on the glass in the opening quarter, with 16 of their 26 points coming in the paint. Evan Fournier hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give Denver a three-point lead after one.

JaVale McGee and Jordan Hamilton paced Denver?s second unit to start the second quarter. But Brooklyn kept knocking down threes, with Keith Bogans and Tyshawn Taylor hitting from downtown. Kris Humphries had eight points in the opening minutes of the quarter, helping the Nets to a four point-lead at the midway point. A back-and-forth offensive pace ensued for the next six minutes, with the Nets leading by five at the break.

Tags: brook lopez, Brooklyn, deron williams, javale mcgee, joe johnson, kris humphries, Nets, nets, nuggets, rapid recap, ty lawson
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On Monday night, the Nets defeated the Indiana Pacers by a final score of 89-84 in overtime.

The Skinny: Brook Lopez scored 10 of the Nets? first 13 points, as Brooklyn set up quick offensive sets to combat the Pacers? No. 2 ranked defense. Indiana?s defense improved slightly, but the team?s shooting was way off in the opening frame (6-of-25 from the field). The Nets led by seven after one.

Jeff Pendergraph?s outside shooting led to 10 points, which helped the Pacers tie the game halfway through the second quarter as part of a 15-5 run. Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson gave Indiana the lead later in the quarter. George Hill hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Pacers a five-point lead at the break.

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On Sunday night, the Nets were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs by a final score of 111-86.

The Skinny: The Nets had a 9-0 run early to establish the lead, with Joe Johnson starting the game with the hot hand. The Spurs held their own offensively to keep the score close, but Brooklyn went on a 10-0 run, sparked by two three-pointers by Keith Bogans, to take an 11-point lead. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 10 points in the first quarter. Brooklyn score 35 points in the opening frame ? the most since early January ? and led by 10 after one.

Kris Humphries looked good off the bench to help the Nets maintain the lead. But the Spurs were hot from the field and the free-throw line in the second quarter to cut the lead to three. Johnson scored five points in the final minute to put the Nets up six at the break. It was Brooklyn?s first halftime lead in the past six games.

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On Friday night, the Nets were defeated by the Washington Wizards by a final score of 89-74.

The Skinny: The teams traded leads through the first few minutes. Deron Williams hit on a four-point play to give the Nets a one-point lead just after the midway point of the opening quarter. More back-and-forth lead changes ensued until a Bradley Beal bank-shot three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Wizards a one-point lead after one.

Washington raced out to a 19-2 run to open an 18-point lead to start the second quarter. Brook Lopez hit a layup at the 3:30 mark, which was the Nets? first field goal of the quarter after 12 straight misses. The Wizards led by 20 at the break.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 93-90.

The Skinny: Brooklyn started where they left off from Tuesday night, scoring only nine points in the first six minutes. The Pistons went on a 12-3 run to open a 10-point lead, as the Nets were ice cold from the field. Reggie Evans and Keith Bogans started picking up the offensive pace, as a 14-5 Nets? run cut the Detroit lead to one after one.

Andray Blatche gave the Nets the lead to start the second quarter, but the Pistons followed with a 10-0 run to open a nine-point lead as Brooklyn went four minutes without a bucket. The Nets though began chipping into the lead with a 7-0 run to close the half. Joe Johnson was incredibly cold to start the game, but a three-pointer in the final minute of the half allowed the Nets to get within six at the break.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, deron williams, detroit pistons, greg monroe, joe johnson, jose calderon, Nets, nets, nets pistons, rapid recap, Reggie Evans
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On Tuesday night, the Nets were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers by a final score of 92-83.

The Skinny: The Nets? ?Big Three? scored the first 14 points for Brooklyn, but Pau Gasol?s work on the glass helped the Lakers battle to an early tie. Brooklyn then went on a 7-0 run with Deron Williams heating up from the outside. Williams finished with 11 points in the quarter as the Nets led by six after one.

To start the second quarter, Earl Clark guided the Lakers to a 10-2 run to take the lead, as the Nets went ice cold from the field. Back-and-forth ties and lead changes ensued before Los Angeles orchestrated an extended 19-5 run to open a 12-point lead. A Mirza Teletovic three-pointer in the final seconds cut the deficit to nine points at the break.

Tags: brook lopez, deron williams, dwight howard, joe johnson, Kobe Bryant, lakers, Metta World Peace, Nets, nets, rapid recap, Steve Nash
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On Friday night, the Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 93-89.

The Skinny: Deron Williams kept up his string of fast starts, hitting on his first three shots from the field for seven points which helped the Nets open an early seven-point lead. Brooklyn increased the lead to 10, as the shorthanded Bulls managed just 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting in the first quarter.

Chicago chipped away into the Nets? lead to eventually tie the game as Marco Belinelli and Brooklyn-born Taj Gibson provided an offensive spark. Luol Deng drilled a corner three with less than a minute left in the half to give the Bulls their first lead. As that was happening, Williams hobbled to the Nets bench after stepping on Nate Robinson?s foot and appearing to roll hi right ankle. The Bulls led by one at the break.

Tags: brook lopez, Brooklyn, bulls, chicago, luol deng, marco belinelli, marshon brooks, Nets, nets, rapid recap, taj gibson
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On Wednesday night, the Nets were defeated by the Miami Heat by a final score of 105-85.

The Skinny: Miami?s ?Big Three? started red hot from the field, hitting on seven of their first 10 shots to establish a 10-point advantage. The Nets made a small dent into the lead, but the Heat shot 5-for-5 from three-point range in the quarter to maintain a 10-point lead after one.

Miami kept knocking down threes, but the Nets? second unit, led by Andray Blatche, provided an energy boost to get within six. Brook Lopez began heating up from the outside to help cut the lead to two, and he then found Gerald Wallace down low for a layup on the next possession to tie the game. The teams traded buckets in the closing seconds to head into the break all tied up. The Nets outscored the Heat 29-19 in the second quarter.

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On Monday night, the Nets defeated the Orlando Magic by a final score of 97-77.

The Skinny: After P.J. Carlesimo said in the pre-game that the Nets would not play to their opponent?s style, Brooklyn came out firing threes from the outside. Six of the team?s first 12 shots were from beyond the arc, but this style worked, with the Nets making four threes to establish the lead. Deron Williams had another hot start, scoring 13 points to help Brooklyn close the first quarter leading by 10.

MarShon Brooks and the ?Bench Mob? opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run to take an 18-point lead. The Nets kept up the offensive pace, with Brook Lopez dominating the paint upon reentering the game. Brooklyn led by 16 at the break.

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On Saturday night, the Nets were defeated by the Houston Rockets by a final score of 119-106.

The Skinny: Deron Williams scored the first nine Nets? points of the contest on 3-of-3 shooting. But the rest of the team managed to hit just one of its first 10 from the floor. Williams did not miss a shot in the first quarter and finished with 20 points. James Harden though was active all over the floor with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Brooklyn led by one after one.

Houston took the lead on a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. Williams limped off early in the second quarter after appearing to roll his ankle. Once he went off, the Nets could not muster anything offensively, allowing the Rockets to open a 13-point lead. Even with D-Will back, the Rockets increased their lead to 18 points as part of a 25-6 extended run. Brooklyn cut the lead back to nine, but Houston closed out the half leading by 13.

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On Friday night, the Nets were defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies by a final score of 101-77.

The Skinny: Marc Gasol and Brook Lopez each came out and set the tone for their respective teams. Gasol scored eight of the Grizzlies first ten points and totaled 12 points in the opening period. He was mainly responsible for the Grizzlies 32-22 lead after one. Lopez scored nine of the Nets first 13 points and was the only Nets to make more than one field goal in the quarter. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace combined to shoot just 2-for-6 in the opening period. The Grizzlies led by as many as 15 points before a couple of late buckets by Andray Blatche and Keith Bogans helped to cut the lead to 10.

Both teams opened up the quarter with four bench players led by one starter. The Nets second unit of C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans, Andray Blatche and Kris Humphries were joined by Johnson and played with good energy but allowed the Grizzlies second chance opportunities and couldn't rebound the ball. At one point, the Grizzlies were outrebounding the Nets 20-9. Led by Jerryd Bayless in the second quarter, the Grizzlies used a 15-5 run to push their lead over the Nets to as many as 16, 49-33. The Nets brought Lopez and Williams back in for the second half of the quarter, but the Grizzlies outscored the Nets 18-11 over the final six minutes of the half and brought a 67-44 lead to the locker room.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves by a final score of 91-83.

The Skinny: Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez combined to score the first 18 Nets? points. The Timberwolves had more turnovers than points five minutes into the game, allowing the Nets to start the contest on a 14-2 run. Brooklyn led by as many as 12 but cooled off a bit, leading by seven after one.

Minnesota?s second unit infused the team with energy and cut the Nets? lead to one in the opening minutes of the second quarter. After settling in, Andray Blatche and the ?Bench Mob? finally found their offensive groove, giving the Nets a nine-point lead. Deron Williams and Minnesota?s Chris Johnson kept the offensive pace going, with Williams scoring nine straight Nets? points late in the quarter. Brooklyn increased its lead to 11 at the break.

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On Monday afternoon, the Nets defeated the New York Knicks by a final score of 88-85.

The Skinny: The offensive pace was fierce to start the game, with the Nets showing great ball movement and the Knicks knocking down three-pointers. Tyson Chandler picked up an early technical foul for taunting after dunking his own rebound over Reggie Evans. Joe Johnson hit his first three three-point attempts to add to his 11 points in the opening frame. Brooklyn led by five, but seven Nets? turnovers in the first quarter allowed the Knicks to cut the deficit to two-points after one.

The Nets? second unit opened the second quarter cold from the field until Kris Humphries provided a jolt of energy. He went on a 7-0 run by himself and pulled down seven rebounds during that stretch to help the Nets open a seven-point lead midway through the second quarter. Brooklyn increased its lead to 10 points as Brook Lopez looked great shooting in both the paint and from the field. Carmelo Anthony started slow, but he began heating up late in the half to help the Knicks get to within six at the break.

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On Friday night, the Nets defeated the Atlanta Hawks by a final score of 94-89.

The Skinny: Deron Williams opened the game with a hot hand, scoring 10 points in the first four minutes. But just like Wednesday night, the Hawks shot lights out from the field early on, hitting seven of their first eight shots. Both teams shot a similar percentage from the field in the quarter, which ended in a tie at 29.

Andray Blatche scored the 11 of the Nets? first 14 points of the second quarter, but the game remained close. Hawks? reserve guard Louis Williams was taken off in a wheel chair after injuring his right knee. Jeff Teague and Devin Harris again used their speed to give the Nets fits. The Nets played better defensively in the second quarter, but they committed 13 first half turnovers. The game was tied at 49 at the break.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets were defeated by the Atlanta Hawks by a final score of 109-95.

The Skinny: The Hawks jumped out to a 13-4 lead using their quickness against the sluggish Nets. Atlanta started red hot from the field, hitting 11 of their first 19 shots while the Nets managed just nine of their first 24. Yet, the Nets surprisingly only trailed by seven after the first quarter. Brooklyn scored 18 of its 20 points in the paint and was 0-for-5 collectively from three-point range.

Atlanta orchestrated a 12-0 run spanning the quarters as the Hawks opened a 14-point lead. Following a P.J. Carlesimo timeout, the Nets started to find their groove, as the ?Bench Mob? went on an 11-4 run. Playing in Atlanta for the first time since being traded, Joe Johnson didn?t hit his first field goal until the 4:56 mark of the second quarter. Hawks? center Al Horford had a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Every time Brooklyn seemed like it would cut into the deficit, the Hawks answered right back and led by 16 at the break.

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On Tuesday evening, the Nets?defeated the Toronto Raptors by a final score of 113-106.

The Raptors came out playing pretty spirited defense and were surprisingly fluid on offense. Ed David and Jose Calderon combined to score 15 points for the Raptors in the first quarter, but the Nets kept pace. Brooklyn Big 3 combined to shoot 9-for-20 in the game's opening frame and Andray Blatche and MarShon Brooks made early appearances and helped the Nets play the Raptors to a 27-all tie after a first quarter that saw the Raptors shoot 52.2 percent from the field.

Quincy Acy, one of the Raptors reserve big men, began the second quarter on the floor and made an immediate impact on the game. He scored six points in the first four minutes of the quarter and along with the Nets inability to contain Calderon on the perimeter, helped the Raptors open up a 10 point advantage. The Nets ended the quarter on a flurry, though. Brook Lopez (eight points) and Mirza Teletovic (10 points) led the team on a 24-10 over the half's final six minutes. The Nets took a 54-50 lead into the locker room.

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On Sunday evening, the Nets defeated the Indiana Pacers by a final score of 97-86.

The Skinny: Pacers? forward David West was scorching hot to start the game, hitting his first five shots from the field for 10 of Indiana?s first 17 points to open a six-point lead. After his status for the game was questionable with a right thigh contusion, Deron Williams looked just fine as he made five of his first seven shots for 12 points. Kris Humphries capitalized in the paint with six points and four rebounds in the opening frame. The Nets went on a 16-4 run to close out the quarter with a six-point lead.

Brooklyn?s second unit kept up the offensive pace to open the second quarter, but the Pacers knocked down 3-of-4 three-pointers to regain the lead. The Nets shot just 9-of-25 (36 percent) from the field in the second quarter and trailed by three at the break.

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On Friday night, the Nets defeated the Phoenix Suns by a final score of 99-79.

The Skinny: Already playing without Kris Humphries, Jerry Stackhouse and Mirza Teletovic, the Nets received another injury blow when Gerald Wallace was fouled hard on a dunk attempt in the opening minutes by Suns? forward P.J. Tucker and forced to go to the locker room. He suffered bruised ribs and would not return. Phoenix started ice cold from the field from but started making shots as the quarter progressed and led by four after one.

After tying the game early in the second quarter, the Nets fell behind by six, as Shannon Brown and the Suns? reserves orchestrated a 9-2 run. Brooklyn was able to consistently get to the charity stripe and knock down free-throws to keep the game close. But the Suns increased their lead to 11 by attacking the rim and cleaning up on the glass. Phoenix shot 55 percent from the field and scored nearly half of their points in the paint in the first half to lead by seven at the break.

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On Tuesday night, the Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by a final score of 109-89.

The Skinny: The first quarter started off ugly with both teams shooting poorly from the field and turning the ball over. Deron Williams showed up to play however, scoring eight of the first 11 Nets? points including hitting two three-pointers. He finished the quarter with 10 points, but Philadelphia?s Jrue Holiday outdid D-Will by scoring 12 points on a perfect 4-of-4 from the field in the quarter. The Nets led by two after one.

Just hours after dealing with the aftermath of Tuesday morning?s incident, Andray Blatche started the second quarter hot, scoring Brooklyn?s first eight points of the quarter in the first four minutes. But the rest of the team couldn?t buy a basket. The 76ers regained the lead midway through the quarter on a Jason Richardson lay-up. The Nets? starters re-entered and orchestrated a 7-0 run to go back on top with Joe Johnson finding his stroke. Despite shooting 38 percent in the half, the Nets held a one-point lead at the break.

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On Saturday night, the Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings by a final score of 113-93.

The Skinny: Each Nets? starter scored two of the team?s first 10 points, with Brooklyn showing great ball movement. The Kings kept it close, led by three three-pointers and 13 first quarter points by John Salmons. The Nets set a new season-high with 36 points on 71 percent shooting in the first quarter and led by five after one.

The Nets? second unit looked like the ?Bench Mob? of old to start the second quarter, as Brooklyn opened a 16-point lead. As part of a 15-2 Nets? run, Mirza Teletovic scored 10 points in his first five minutes of action, including hitting two three-pointers and blocking a shot. MarShon Brooks added eight points in the quarter. The Nets closed out the first half with an 18-point lead and set another new season-high with 65 points at the break. They also set a new high mark by shooting 67.5 percent from the field, which is the highest shooting percentage of any Eastern Conference team in a first half this season.

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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets return home to Barclays Center to take on the Sacramento Kings.

This is the second game of a four-game stretch against teams under .500. However, last night against the Wizards, the Nets needed double overtime to come away with the victory.

The Nets beat the Kings in Sacramento, 99-90, earlier this season.

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On Friday night, the Nets defeated the Washington Wizards by a final score of 115-113 in double overtime.

The Skinny: Nene and the Wizards started the game red hot from the outside, hitting on nine of their first 10 shots from the field to establish a 10-point lead halfway through the first quarter. Andray Blatche entered the game to a chorus of boos but immediately hit a bank shot to silence the crowd. Nene scored 10 of the Wizards 30 points in the quarter, which ended with Washington still up by 10.

The Wizards increased their lead to 14, but the Nets used four unanswered three pointers ? two by Deron Williams and two by Mirza Teletovic ? as part of a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to two. But Williams picked up his third foul with five minutes left in the quarter, allowing Washington to go back up 10. A few late buckets by Joe Johnson and buzzer-beating floater by MarShon Brooks cut the Wizards lead to three to close out the half. Washington?s Jordan Crawford scored 13 points all in the second quarter.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 110-93.

The Skinny: The Nets jumped out to an 11-3 lead, with strong offensive and defensive play, which forced Thunder head coach Scott Brooks to take an early timeout. Joe Johnson scored 10 points in just over four minutes, and Brook Lopez drilled a few outside jumpers, leading to another Brooks timeout. Johnson and Lopez combined for 22 of the Nets? 33 points in the first quarter, giving Brooklyn a 14-point lead after one.

The Thunder gained a bit of momentum to start the second quarter, but a strategic P.J. Carlesimo timeout helped the Nets open a 22-point lead at the midway point of the quarter. The offensive pace picked up on both ends of the floor, and a 9-0 Thunder run, led by Russell Westbrook, got the crowd back into the game. However, the run barely made a dent into the Nets? lead. Johnson finished the half with 20 points, while Deron Williams added 10 points and nine assists, helping the Nets maintain a 16-point lead at the break.

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On Friday night, the Nets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats by a final score of 97-81 at Barclays Center.

The Skinny: The Nets opened up their first game in the post-Avery Johnson era with a bit more energy and pep than in previous games. The Nets hit six of their first ten shots and jumped out to a 17-7 lead behind Keith Bogans and Brook Lopez, who each scored six points in the early going. Brook Lopez set the tone for the Nets early, scoring 12 points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking three shots. By the end of the quarter, the Nets led 33-15 and seemed to have the game in hand.

Carlesimo juggled his lineup the same way Johnson did and began the quarter with four reserves?Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson, Reggie Evans and Jerry Stackhouse?playing with Joe Johnson. The Bobcats got five early second quarter points from Ben Gordon and closed the gap to 12, but he was replaced by Walker and Johnson had his way with the smaller Bobcats' backcourt. Johnson scored six points in the first half of the quarter and helped the Nets keep the Bobcats at bay. By halftime, the score was 56-38 and the Nets were firmly in control. Deron Williams had 17 points in the half and Ramon Sessions led the way for the Bobcats with eight.

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On Sunday afternoon, the Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by a final score of 95-92.

The Skinny: The Nets opened up the game pretty slowly, making just 2 of their first 11 shots. All five Sixers scored within the game's first seven minutes and enabled the team to race out to a 12-4 lead. Avery Johnson then called his first timeout and the Nets immediately responded. The Nets would go on an 18-0 over the game's next 4:25 and open up a 22-12 lead. Nick Young broke the scoreless streak for the Sixers, but they led 24-17 after the first after closing out the quarter on a 20-5 run.

Avery Johnson opened up the second quarter with five reserves?C.J. Watson, Toko Shengelia, Jerry Stackhouse, Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche. But even after he reinserted his starters, the Nets struggled to contain Evan Turner, who scored eight points in the quarter. After shooting 8-27 (.296) in the first quarter, the Sixers shot 10-for-21 in the second and closed the gap to 43-41 at the half.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets were defeated by the New York Knicks by a final score of 100-86.

The Skinny: Both teams only hit four of their first 11 shots, as they were jacking up deep outside shots, but the Nets held an early lead. Kris Humphries picked up a technical foul in the opening minutes after being too physical in battling J.R. Smith for a rebound. The Knicks took the lead on a 7-0 run and closed out the quarter with a three-point lead. Brooklyn shot just 35 percent from the field in the first quarter but started shooting better in the closing minutes.

The ?Bench Mob? helped the Nets pick up the offensive pace to start the second quarter, with Keith Bogans knocking down two three-pointers early in the frame. New York went on another 7-0 run to go back on top, but Joe Johnson answered with all eight points of a Nets? 8-0 run to regain the lead. With Carmelo Anthony, who was a game-time decision to play, heating up, the Knicks went on a 13-5 run to end the half leading by four. Melo had 17 first half points, and the game already featured 14 lead changes by halftime.

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Tonight at 7 p.m., the Nets and Knicks will play in round three of the ?Battle of the Boroughs.? This will be the first time the new rivalry takes shape in Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks are 10-1.

The Nets are coming off another tough loss, losing 92-90 to the Utah Jazz Tuesday night. The Knicks are also coming off a loss at the hands of a familiar face, Jeremy Lin, and the Houston Rockets.

Jason Kidd

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On Tuesday night, the Nets were defeated by the Utah Jazz by a final score of 92-90.

The Skinny: The Nets exhibited good ball movement early in getting all their offensive weapons involved. Gerald Wallace cleaned up around the basket, scoring eight points in the opening frame. The Jazz started the quarter cold from the outside but were effective in the paint, trailing the Nets by just four points after the first quarter.

Brooklyn?s second unit defense looked sluggish to start the second quarter, allowing the Jazz to take their first lead on fast-break points. But the Nets immediately followed with a 12-0 run led by Joe Johnson to open a 13-point lead. Brooklyn kept up the intensity for the remainder of the half especially in the paint, and a Wallace three-pointer at the buzzer allowed the Nets to maintain their 13-point lead at the break.

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On Saturday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 83-82.

The Skinny: The Nets looked tired to start the game, allowing the well-rested Bulls to jump out to a 10-4 lead. Brook Lopez scored the first six points for Brooklyn, but Joe Johnson took a seat early with two fouls. Deron Williams scored 11 of the Nets? first 17 points, including draining three three-pointers in the quarter. The Nets went on a 16-6 run to take a one-point lead after the first quarter.

The Bulls regained the lead early in the second quarter, but a 9-2 Nets run put Brooklyn right back on top. Back-and-forth lead changes ensued before Chicago went on an 18-10 extended run to close out the first half with a five-point lead.

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On Friday night, the Nets defeated the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 107-105.

The Skinny: In his first game back after missing seven, Brook Lopez was a little rusty around the basket to start but found his groove for five points in just over five minutes. Both teams exhibited balanced offensive attacks in the early going, but Brooklyn?s interior defense broke down late in the quarter, allowing the Pistons to take a two-point lead after one.

The Pistons maintained their lead to start the second quarter, but hot outside shooting from Joe Johnson gave the Nets the lead with just over half the quarter to play. Brooklyn then went on a dominating 21-0 run led by Gerald Wallace and Andray Blatche. Wallace hit on 3-of-4 from three-point range in the first half to help the Nets lead by 12 at the break.

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