The Brooklyn Nets had a one-point lead with 10.9 seconds to play and possession of the ball when a Deron Williams turnover led to a 104-103 loss to the Toronto Raptors at the Barclays Center Monday night. It’s just the second Nets loss in 2014, both have been to the Raptors, and the fall 2.5 games behind them in the Atlantic Division.
“I turned it over, didn’t have any timeouts,” D-Will said. “I pretty much saw everybody was covered on the first couple of options. Kind of saw Joe open but just made a bad pass.”
Paul Pierce led the Nets with 33 points, including seven three-pointers and six rebounds, Andray Blatche had 20 points with six rebounds, Joe Johnson had 12 points, Deron Williams had nine with 11 assists and Kevin Garnett had six with 11 rebounds.
This was one of those games that the winner was whichever team just happened to have the lead when time expired and it could have been either of them. Neither team trailed by more than 10 points at any time, there were 18 lead changes and they were tied nine times. They also finished with similar stats — turnovers, field goal percentage, free throws, fast break points and points in the paint. Toronto had a slight edge on the glass, but the Nets had the edge behind the arc.
The Nets had their shot too, but D-Will tried to force a pass to Johnson rather than look for other options and it caused a turnover. Patrick Patterson hit a jumper to go ahead and Pierce missed a desperation heave at the buzzer.
This is the second game in a row that the Nets have allowed 100 points in a game after they kept opponents under the century mark in all but one other game this season.
Johnson has also gone cold again and has averaged just nine points a game on 12-for-33 shooting.