Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets were defeated by the Houston Rockets 114-95 after falling behind by 16 at the end of the first quarter and 26 by halftime. The Nets performed so poorly that they did not look like they belonged in the same building as the Rockets tonight. All but one (Brook Lopez) of Brooklyn’s starters were benched in the second half as Paul Pierce, Andray Blatche, Shaun Livingston, and Joe Johnson combined to shoot 3 of 23 from the field. Kevin Garnett did not dress tonight because he needed rest on the front end of a back-to-back set of games.
They did not fair any better on the defensive end, playing a role in Houston’s astonishing total of 19 made three pointers on just 32 attempts. Those 19 three point shots were the most the Nets have surrendered in franchise history. Chandler Parsons was a perfect 6 of 6, Francisco Garcia was 5-7, Omri Casspi was 3-3, and Aaron Brooks was 3-5. Donatas Motiejunas nailed the record breaking 3 late in the fourth quarter.
For the Nets, this was their second consecutive game with a terrible start. Against the Lakers on Wednesday, they trailed 34-18 after one quarter and 38-21 early in the second. However, unlike the game on Wednesday, there was no second half comeback.
Instead, there was extended garbage time in which Mirza Teletovic, Tyshawn Taylor, Mason Plumlee, and Tornike Shengelia were given chances to impress their coaches. For the most part, they all did. Teletovic and Taylor each had double doubles and each broke career highs in major statistics. Teletovic had his first double double with career highs in points (18) and rebounds (13). This comes on the heels of a breakout performance against the Lakers; he is starting to look like he belongs in the NBA. Taylor had career highs in points (16) and assists (12).
The Nets are now 4-12 and have little time to regroup as they play again in less than 24 hours. They travel to Memphis to take on the 8-7 Grizzlies tomorrow night at 8:00 ET.
Paul Pierce: F (2 points)
Andray Blatche: F (0 points)
Brook Lopez: A- (16 points in his first game back after a 3-week recovery from an injury)
Joe Johnson: D (5 points)
Shaun Livingston: F (0 points, did nothing, very concerning that his production has dropped recently)
Mirza Teletovic: A (18 points, 13 rebounds, showed that his break-out game against the Lakers was not a fluke)
Alan Anderson: B (12 points)
Mason Plumlee: B+ (16 points, 6 rebounds, struggled to defend Dwight Howard but was impressively efficient on offense)
Tyshawn Taylor: A (16 points, 12 assists, a semi-break-out game)
Toko Shengelia: C+ (6 points, showed some energy and played hard)
Reggie Evans: B+ (7 rebounds, somehow finished with a +11 despite the blow-out)