Man, this is a tough one to grade.
After scoring 35 points in the first quarter, the Nets scored just 47 for the rest of regulation. And they still nearly won.
Thanks to Brook Lopez, who started the game alongside Mason Plumlee, the Nets jumped out to a 14 point lead in the first quarter. Then, the shots stopped falling. The team struggled to keep up with the Mavs pace. 1-22 from the three point arc happened.
Down 10 with about 4:00 to go in the final frame, the game appeared over. But then JOE COOL came along and nailed two threes, just to prove they still existed. Johnson failed to hit the game winner, and the Nets fell in overtime.
A tough one. They probably should have won, despite playing poorly. Even with the defensive struggles, they were able to contain Dallas’ offense — they just couldn’t get any points for themselves.
20 PTS, 6-16 FG, 10 AST
The face of frustration for the Nets tonight. Mostly struggled from the floor, but played solid defense on Rondo for most of the evening. He did have the tying bucket in the fourth to put the Nets up two, and had a few other key shots for the team. 20 points and 10 assists are nothing to sneeze at.
10 PTS, 3-7 FG, 0-4 3FG, 4 AST
He’s been okay in his new role with Deron Williams coming off the bench/injured, but struggled from behind the arc. Held Monta Ellis in check at points, which was a tall order. Looked lost on some fast breaks, including one early on in the game where Ellis burned him.
22 PTS, 13 RBS, 11-21 FG
Scored 18 in the first quarter which was incredible. Looked to be having the game of the season, but in typical Brook Lopez fashion, came back to earth after his strong start. After going 8-10 in the first quarter, he went 3-10 after. Defensively, I thought he held his own against Tyson Chandler and was very aggressive. Chandler had himself a game, but Brook defended him well. 13 rebounds for Brook is always awesome to see too.
7 PTS, 7 RBS, 2-4 FG
A quiet seven and seven. Started next to Brook which worked better than I thought it would. Had an early alley-oop for the second basket of the night and an absolute monster block in the fourth, but nothing else really of note.
18 PTS, 7 RBS, 8-19 FG, 2-6 3FG
Joe Johnson continues to be the most consistent player to wear the Brooklyn uniform. After a very quiet game, Joe UNLEASHED for two threes to bring the Nets within two after the team went 1-22. I appreciate Joe’s effort to continue to go for the three ball when he’s struggling, even if it can be frustrating at times. Of course, he went iso-Joe in the final 10 seconds and missed the game winner. But come on. This game was dead in the water the Nets went on a run and Joe stepped up.
I also thought Joe passed the ball very well today. With four turnovers, he didn’t complete them all, but had three assists early before even scoring. I appreciated Joe the distributer.
5 PTS, 1-6 FG, 1-5 3FG, 6 RBS, -10
1-5 from the three and was burned too much on defense. What else can you say?
6 PTS, 10 RBS, 2-8 FG, 0-4 3FG
Another off night for Mirza, but was able to grab 10 boards. Quality defense, but always frustrating when the shots aren’t falling.