Like in game 3, the Nets got off to a pretty good start today. Brook Lopez had a great first quarter, netting 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks. The Nets surprised everyone by scoring 26 points in the first quarter, but they also gave up 25 to Chicago and only had a 1-point lead.
The second quarter had lots of action. The Nets got off to a terrible start as Chicago went on a 9-0 in the first minute of the quarter. The Nets responded and got back into the game when Nate Robinson got into a shoving matchup with C.J. Watson. Even though it looked like Watson did nothing to start or continue the fight, double technicals were called. The Bulls continued to be on a roll offensively after that and led by as many as 11 points. Brooklyn closed the second quarter on an 8-0 run to pull to within 3 at halftime, 58-55.
The first half was a shock to everybody with the offense we saw. The Nets shot 54% while Chicago shot 58% from the field. The teams also combined to shoot 8-14 from 3. A big issue for the Nets was turnovers. They had 10 of them in the first half alone.
The third quarter was a surprisingly great one for Brooklyn, especially because the third is usually their worst quarter. Deron came out aggressive and angry and he continued shooting well from both mid and long range. He also had a huge dunk in the quarter. Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace also finally showed up offensively to provide the Nets a spark and spread out Chicago’s defense more. At the end of the quarter, Brook Lopez hit the first 3 of his career to beat the buzzer and give the Nets an 84-76 lead heading into the fourth.
In the final quarter, the Nets continued to play well on offense for the first 9 or so minutes. They had a 14-point lead, and that’s when things started to get crazy. The key play for starting the Chicago comeback was an open breakaway that C.J. Watson had. Instead of laying the ball in, he missed a dunk, and that allowed Chicago to gain momentum. If you want to know what happened in all the overtimes, I suggest you watch a replay of the game, because too many things happened that I can write about.
With this loss, the Nets’ season is essentially over. They are now down 3 games to 1 and I can’t imagine them winning 3 straight against a defense as good as Chicago’s. If they have one off game offensively, the series is over, and they will surely not play as well on offense for the rest of the series.
For a box score of this game, click here.
It is impossible to give player grades today just because of how long the game was and how many things happened. The Nets essentially played 7 players the entire game: the 5 starters, along with C.J. Watson and Andray Blatche. On offense, the Nets were much better today, but on defense they had no answers for Nate Robinson in the fourth quarter.
Game 5 will be on Monday night back in Brooklyn. FRWD will have full coverage of the game.