In the words of Lionel Hollins, it was “a gritty game that we didn’t win.” Grit is usually a term reserved for a poorly played game, and it was just that. Brooklyn turned the ball over 22 times Wednesday, with Brook Lopez contributing 7 of his own. Perhaps the most memorable turnover was at the end of the second OT, when Joe Johnson tried to force a pass to Lopez, only to see Brandon Knight stea…well, just watch.
Milwaukee’s second-chance points + points off turnovers totaled 53 (!), thanks to their 16 offensive rebounds and Brooklyn’s 22 turnovers. Outside of his rediscovered scoring touch, Brook Lopez played a poor game yet again. Lopez played 44 minutes and STILL finished the game with just 7 rebounds, a disappointing effort considering Milwaukee’s thin frontline.
The Nets were out-rebounded once again, 51-49. This is the 5th straight game Brooklyn has been out-rebounded. Coincidentally — or not — tonight marked their 5th straight loss.
The Nets jacked up 31 three-point attempts, up from their season average of just over 21 per game. Eleven of those threes came from Bojan Bogdanovic alone, who connected on 4 of them on his way to a 19-point, 7-rebound performance. Had his last three from the left wing have dropped in the third overtime, dare I say early season Nets MVP?
Brooklyn missed 7 of 9 shots in the third overtime, good for a paltry 22.2% from the field. From Deron Williams’s free throw line jumper that spun around the rim, to Bojan Bogdanovic’s three-point attempt from the left wing that rimmed out, to Joe Johnson’s game-tying baseline jumper that fell short — the Nets had their opportunities, and didn’t capitalize.