Strong first half goes to waste as Nets fall to Hawks

NETS 105
Final
110 HAWKS
Grade: B+

BROOKLYN NETS

The hunt for a win streak continues, as late-game Jeremy Lin heroics could not save the day again.

From the start of the game, Atlanta was aggressive down low. 20 of the team’s 23 first-quarter points came in the paint, and the team missed all three of its three-point attempts.

While the Nets made three three-pointers in the first quarter, the area where they shined was in sharing the ball. Nine of Brooklyn’s 10 first-quarter field goals were assisted on, with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson logging three of those assists.

Brook led the way offensively in the first half, but the bench gave the team a big boost to maintain the lead. Brooklyn’s bench outscored Atlanta’s 19-10 in the first half, and Brooklyn held Atlanta to 40 percent shooting in that half.

The team also recorded six blocks in the first half, which tied the highest for any half for the team this season. Brook recorded three of those rejections on top of his 13 points and six first-half rebounds.

The third quarter was where the Nets saw the regression they’ve seen many times this season. The quarter started with two quick turnovers, and the Hawks eventually went on a 10-0 run to take a seven-point lead.

The Nets committed nine turnovers in the third quarter alone after recording just eight in the first half.

The hero of the third quarter was Sean Kilpatrick, who soared to 20 points to keep the Nets within one point of the Hawks after three.

Still, in the fourth quarter, the Nets could not seem to break a five-point deficit. It was hard for Brooklyn to force a stop, and turnovers prevented any late runs for the win. Kilpatrick gave the ball away again just as the Nets were down two with the shot clock shut off.

Lin buried a three in the final seconds to bring the game within one. With 11 seconds left and the Hawks up three, Lin heaved a three that banked on the backboard and off the front rim. He couldn’t single-handedly save the game once again.

The Nets tallied 22 turnovers on the night. That was the killer. A 27-point performance by Kilpatrick was just not enough this time.

Grade: B+

Brook Lopez Center

18 PTS, 7-18 FG, 2-6 3PT, 6 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 5 BLK, 5 TO

After scoring just eight points in 32 minutes in Monday night’s win over the Grizzlies, Lopez dropped nine points in the first 10 minutes tonight. He also filled his box score early and had five denials on the night. It was good to see him so aggressive again and making things happen.

There was one play where he tipped a missed free throw to Jeremy Lin that turned into a three-pointer. That effort from Brook makes all the difference.

He was largely quiet in the second half, though, and that made all the difference, as well, along with his game-high five turnovers.

Jeremy Lin
Grade: A

Jeremy Lin Point Guard

16 PTS, 6-13 FG, 3-6 3PT, 1-2 FT, 3 REB, 8 AST, 1 STL, 4 TO

Little by little, Jeremy Lin has been edging back in both his scoring and playmaking ability. After powering the Nets late over the Grizzlies Monday, Lin continued showing comfort in the game tonight.

Lin tried to save the game again with three-pointers late, but the one that would’ve tied the game bounced off the backboard and the front of the rim. It would’ve been a great comeback, but not one that was meant to be tonight. But you have to love that threat that Lin brings late-game.

Sean Kilpatrick
Grade: A-

Sean Kilpatrick Shooting Guard

27 PTS, 8-14 FG, 3-7 3PT, 8-9 FT, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2 TO

Kilpatrick was Brooklyn’s saving grace in the second half. After recording 27 points tonight off the bench, it’s the first time in Kilpatrick’s career where he scored 20+ points in three straight games. He’s continued to be aggressive and has gotten to the line frequently, but Brooklyn couldn’t get stops down the stretch to make his contribution count.

He also had a costly turnover with the shot clock turned off at the end of the game that could’ve led to a Brooklyn win.

Trevor Booker
Grade: B

Trevor Booker Power Forward

12 PTS, 5-8 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-2 FT, 8 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TO

Before Sean Kilpatrick got hot, Trevor Booker was the spark off the bench, putting up 10 quick points. He finished with 12 on the night, with eight rebounds as well. Efficient minutes from Booker tonight.