It’s the same old story for the Brooklyn Nets in their 109-97 loss at home on Sunday — they are old, slow, injured, and played terrible in the third quarter as they have now dropped to 3-10 on the season including eight losses in their last nine games.
“I think everybody here is embarrassed,” Kevin Garnett told Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com. “You definitely don’t want [to be booed] at home. Like I’ve been saying, we’re going to continue to work to try to change this as best we can.”
The Nets were once again without their two biggest stars, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, as well as a couple of key bench players in Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry and it showed as Lopez’s presence was particularly stark as the Piston’s outscored the Nets 56-22 in the paint.
The Nets third quarter troubles continued to persist as they took a 51-44 lead into halftime, but quickly gave that up as they were outscored 34-15 in the third quarter. They committed seven turnovers that quarter and shot just 5-for-19 as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined to shoot 1-for-9.
The only Net to play a consistent game in this one was Joe Johnson, who set a career-high with eight three-pointers and finished with a season-high 34 points. He tried like a madman to get the Nets back into the game as he shot 4-for-6 including a pair of threes, and 12 points overall, in the fourth quarter.
However, after Johnson got them to within five points with three minutes to play, Garnett missed an easy layup and the Nets turned the ball over three times to increase that lead to 14 points with 34 seconds to play. The Nets finished with 17 turnovers, were outrebounded 44-35, and didn’t have a second player to pair up with Johnson to win the game.