Postgame video of Utah Jazz Head Coach Tyrone Corbin, Derrick Favors, and Al Jefferson:
Nets Head Coach Avery Johnson announced that starting with Tuesday night’s game against the Utah Jazz, the lineup would be restored to what it was throughout November. Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries would provide a big presence in the starting lineup, and Joe Johnson would anchor the second unit.
The results were immediate, as the offense looked crisper in the first quarter, with four players lined up on the perimeter and Brook Lopez in the key. They had a 24-20 lead at the end of the first.
Johnson anchored the second unit throughout the second quarter, playing with MarShon Brooks, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans, Andray Blatche and C.J. Watson at times.
Utah led 30-29 a few minutes into the second, and the Nets went on a 16-3 run over the next four minutes. In the stretch, Johnson scored seven points, and Brook Lopez came in to cap it off with a bank shot on a jumper.
MarShon Brooks played nine minutes of the second quarter, and had two points, but it was not for lack of chances. Brooks played four minutes in the third, and by that point it was evident that he has great speed and tremendous moves, but can’t finish in short range by the hoop. He either will miss a short layup or pass the ball off, sometimes with the pass being picked off by an opponent.
Utah made a slight run at the end of the second, but Gerald Wallace hit a three-pointer with no time left on the clock to make it 57-44 Brooklyn.
That momentum did not carry into the third quarter, as happens too often with the Nets, and Utah pulled to within a point, at 69-68 at the 2:37 mark.
Nets guard Deron Williams said, “It was another bad third quarter. We had a sizable lead again, we just came out flat, had a couple turnovers, we were careless with the ball, had no energy, and let them back in the game.”
The Nets followed this up with a dunk from Andray Blatche and a three-pointer from Joe Johnson to make it 74-70 at the end of the third.
Utah kept it within a basket most of the fourth quarter, and Mo Williams hit a wide-open three-pointer to give Utah an 82-80 lead with 5:33 left.
Utah led 90-88 with two minutes left and Deron Williams was called with an offensive foul as he pushed back in on Mo Williams for a shot. Utah center Al Jefferson responded with a jumper to make it 92-88 Jazz.
The Nets were down 92-90 with 15 seconds left, and the game ended on a crazy play. The Nets intercepted a Utah inbounds pass at midcourt and raced to the other end. Johnson passed up a jumper to tie, and Wallace missed a three, which was rebounded by Reggie Evans, who missed the put-back.
On that play, Nets Head Coach Avery Johnson said, “That play happened pretty fast. Once we got the steal, our guys were off and running.We ended up getting a wide-open shot at the end, a shot that we can make. But that’s not what the game came down to. It’s all about the third quarter.”
The Nets fall to 13-11, and it is their fifth loss in their last six home games. Tomorrow night, they travel across the river to face the Knicks.
The Nets were led by Joe Johnson with 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting, but was held to just two points in the fourth. Brook Lopez had 16 points, and Deron Williams had 14 points (5-for-12) and five assists against his former team.
Utah was led by guard Mo Williams, who had 19 points on 6-for-17 shooting with three 3-pointers and six assists. Utah center Al Jefferson had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.