The Brooklyn Nets looked awful to start the game as they trailed by as much as 27 points in the first half, but they managed to tie it up late in the game. However, they went cold in the final three minutes and failed at the comeback attempt in a 99-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at the Barclays Center Wednesday night.
The Nets came right out of the gate with no energy as the Lakers quickly jumped out to a 15-4 lead less than five minutes in. The Nets stayed in it briefly after that until the Lakers started off what would be an 18-0 run with three minutes left in the first. By the time that run ended it was 43-18 and things couldn’t have gotten much uglier.
That’s when the Nets suddenly turned it around. They actually got a defensive stop, Alan Anderson hit a three, another defensive stop, and then another Alan Anderson three. That was the start of a 15-0 run that left the Nets down 48-36 with 4:00 left in the half.
Everyone in the arena was braced for the usual terrible third quarter, but the Nets played strong and outscored the Lakers 28-23 in the third behind 10 points from Paul Pierce and strong rebounding from Kevin Garnett and Andray Blatche. Still, they went into the fourth quarter trailing by nine.
The fourth quarter was a wild one. The crowd at the Barclays Center was energized and the Nets seemed to feed off of it, especially Mirza Teletovic who came alive and got a standing ovation when he tied the game at 92-92 with just over three minutes to play. He had an amazing 14 points in the fourth quarter alone and finished with 17.
The Nets fell cold from that point on though and, while they were still getting stops on defense, started to look sloppy on offense. Joe Johnson was the worst offender who took a pair of ugly shots rather than find an open shooter.
Johnson led the Nets with 18 points on 6-of-19 shooting, Teletovic had 17 and three other players had at least 12.