The Brooklyn Nets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers last night in Brooklyn by a 92-83 score last night. The backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson failed to show up again as they combined for 26 points on nine field goals made. You really have to wonder when these two are ever going to show up this season.
Brook Lopez had a monster game with 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Nets. He added three blocks as well. The team got nothing from the bench as they managed 14 points. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 21 points and Steve Nash had 17.
This was the Nets first loss against a team with a record under .500. The Nets dropped to 28-20 on the season while the Lakers improved to 23-26. The Nets will be in Detroit tonight to take on the Pistons.
The Nets proved last night that they are still far away from competing for an NBA Championship after being blown out at home by the Miami Heat. The Heat won all three games against the Nets this season and not one of the games was competitive. The Nets will now play the Chicago Bulls at home on Friday.
This loss was troublesome because you can almost understand getting blown out on the road but not at home in a game you wanted to really stack yourself up against. The Nets are undefeated against sub-.500 teams but are 10-19 against teams with a winning record. This is not the mark of a good team.
The only player to show up last night was Brook Lopez who was named to his first All-Star team earlier in the day. The backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson combined for only 25 points while only making four shots each. You canít beat elite teams when your highest paid players donít show up.
The fact that the team had 19 turnovers didnít help but that seems to be an every game occurrence. They fought back from an early deficit and actually were tied with the Heat at 49 after the second quarter. The third quarter was once again awful as they were outscored by 22 points. They played no defense in that quarter as they gave up 36 points. The loss also dropped them another game behind the New York Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Nets moved to a Ĺ game behind the Knicks for the top spot in the Atlantic Division tonight after they defeated the Timberwolves 91-83. The Nets improved to 26-16 on the season and continue to pile up the wins since P.J. Carlesimo took over as the coach. They are 12-2 since the team fired Avery Johnson.
Brook Lopez scored 22 points to lead the team and moved closer to making his first ever All-Star team. The reserves will be announced tomorrow. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 18 in the win as well.
C.J. Watson played a great fourth quarter as he scored nine of his 14 points. Every time the Timberwolves would get close Watson would answer with a big shot. The Timberwolves cut the lead to three points but could never get over the hump.
The Nets continue their road trip Friday night in Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.