I thought it was over when Rasual Butler hit that ridiculous, fading three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer. I really did. The life was sucked out of Barclays Center, the Nets looked like they’d packed it in en route to a three-day break.
But behind another inexplicably good game from Jarrett Jack, the Nets clawed back into the fray, erasing the seven-point third-quarter lead in a matter of minutes, only to falter once again down the stretch behind poor decision-making, as the Wizards proved just too talented to lose a second straight.
Not a bad effort overall by the Nets, who played it close throughout the second half against what’s still a tough Eastern Conference team. But they were awful lucky to be in this one. The Wizards shot a putrid mark from the free throw line through most of the game, turning what should’ve been a double-digit lead into a close game down the stretch.
Though two of his points came from Marcin Gortat, Lopez continued his stretch of good offense following his red-hot second half Friday night through the first two quarters, before cooling down in the second half.
He did take another open corner three-pointer late in the fourth quarter, which was kind of funny, and would have been great. He’s practiced that shot more and more, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it become a staple of his game.