After a day off from games and practice, there was hope that this Brooklyn Nets squad might finally put up the effort it needs to secure a win.
With a slow start, that hope went downhill. A fourth quarter comeback that brought the Nets within two had some excitement and grit, but Brooklyn couldn’t come up with the defensive stops and made their move, ultimately, too late.
After allowing a 12-0 run by the Charlotte Hornets and scoring just 16 points in the first quarter, it was the bench that continued to produce more than the starters. First, Joe Harris made his presence known with two three-pointers, then Justin Hamilton put up nine quick points.
Bojan Bogdanovic was Brooklyn’s best and most consistent starter today. Brook Lopez had a slow 0-4 start and struggled against Frank Kaminsky, a rangy center that can guard and shoot three-pointers.
After 11 turnovers and shooting a dismal 31.7 percent in the first half, the Nets came out playing with a larger purpose in the second half.
The starters woke up a bit once the third quarter hit, with Spencer Dinwiddie, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Randy Foye all making contributions. The team scored 35 points in the third quarter and, all of a sudden, the Nets were almost back in it.
Bogdanovic threw up back-to-back three-pointers with less than 20 seconds to go in the game to bring Brooklyn within two points. It was too little too late, though, and after the Nets put up 70 points in the second half, Brooklyn dropped its 10th-straight loss.
Another day in the life.
The stats: 20 PTS, 8-17 FG, 1-4 3FG, 5 REB, 1 AST
Normally a player who is lights-out to start the game, Lopez put up zero points in the first quarter and just two in the second. He showed more determination in the second half, leading himself to a 20-point game.
Lopez was also the brick wall of the night, posting four blocks. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also posted four blocks on the night, marking the first time two Nets have put up four blocks each since 2013 and the Andray Blatche era.
The stats: 12 PTS, 4-9 FG, 3-7 3FG, 4 REB, 1 AST
Joe Harris had a solid showing with three three-pointers on the night. He tallied 12 points before fouling out with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter.