After perhaps the worst first half of basketball in JV High School history, the Brooklyn Nets clawed back from a 29-point deficit Sunday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, trimming the lead to just six points in the final three minutes. Indeed, in that final frame, the Nets turned their offense up -- outside of one costly dribble turnover by Gerald Wallace, the team shot 3-4 from the floor and scored nine quick points in the final 180 seconds.

This might have helped them erase the deficit, had they not been as bad defensively as they were good offensively; the Bucks hit all four of their field goal attempts (from four different players -- no hero ball here), along with three free throws, to score 12 points in the same brief timeframe, maintaining the lead without letting the Nets get within two possessions again.

It started with the Nets down 85-79, and Monta Ellis had the ball... MORE →