Seven: In the first quarter, Joe Johnson practiced what he preached after calling out the team’s “selfish” play, but in the fourth quarter, hero ball took over. With less than 6 minutes left, Joe Johnson devolved into Iso-Joe scoring only four points on seven isolation possessions. Around the two-minute mark, Johnson all but sealed the Nets’ fate with a particularly ugly turnover – attacking the teeth of the Suns defense while ignoring a wide-open Mirza Teletovic in the corner.
70.6:/55.6/90.9: The Nets shot 70.6% from the floor, 55.6% from beyond the arc and 90.9 from the charity stripe in their highest scoring half of the year. Johnson led by example tossing five passes that led to baskets in the first quarter alone, and the team followed suit, scoring 63 points, 34 of which came from the paint, and creating a shot chart that would make Daryl Morey drool.
Six: The number of paint points the Nets scored in the second half, and the number they were ultimately outscored by in the paint (46 to 40) as the Nets gave away a 14-point second-half lead in their most demoralizing loss of an early season.
0: Brook Lopez failed to record a single point in the second half after a red-hot start. Lopez scored 16 points in the half highlighted by a gigantic poorman’s Dr. J impersonation. After a first half of waiting for offense come to him, Lopez forced the issue in the early stages of the second half, and the Nets’ lead evaporated soon after. More troubling, as Lopez lost his offensive touch, The Suns ball handlers, Isaiah Thomas in particular, attacked Lopez relentlessly, causing Hollins to give Lopez the hook with 4:08 left.
-.431: As The Nets stopped attacking and sharing the ball, the offensive output plummeted. The Nets dropped more than 43 percent in field goal percentage between the first and second half.