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Rapid Reaction: Rockets 114, Nets 95

11/29/2013

The last time the Nets beat the Rockets, on March 13, 2006, Jason Kidd had a triple-double: 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Since then, the Rockets have beaten the Nets 14 straight times, including Friday night’s 114-95 blowout at the Toyota Center.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets (4-12, 2-8 away) are bad. They’ve lost 10 of their past 12 games. The same problems continue to plague them. Their offense gets stagnant (41.6 percent). They don’t get enough stops on defense (52.7 percent, a franchise-worst 19 3-pointers allowed). They can’t compete with fast-paced teams. Their effort is severely lacking -- even nonexistent -- in stretches.

And yet, they still trail the first-place Toronto Raptors (6-9) by just 2½ games in the Atlantic Division. There’s certainly plenty of time.

The Nets need to get healthy. Brook Lopez (ankle) returned following a seven-game absence and was effective, but Deron Williams (ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Jason Terry (knee) remain out. And it’s unknown when any of them will return. Williams will be re-evaluated Monday, while Kirilenko and Terry are on the shelf through at least next week.

Kevin Garnett (rest) also did not play Friday. Those who did, aside from Lopez (who finished with 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting in 21 minutes) played poorly.

Kidd elected to open the third quarter by benching all his starters except Lopez. He had nothing to lose. The Nets had given up 11 3-pointers and 66 points in the first half.

Those other starters -- Shaun Livingston, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Andray Blatche -- did not play a single minute in the second half. Pierce came in shooting 31.9 percent from the field in his previous 10 games. He went 1-for-6 on Friday. Johnson went 2-for-10. Blatche went 0-for-6. Livingston went 0-for-1. Between them, they scored seven points.

The Nets have been outscored 67-35 in their past two first quarters. Each time, they’ve gone into the second quarter trailing by 18.

Chandler Parsons went 7-for-7 from the field, including 6-for-6 from 3-point range. Brooklyn trailed by as many as 32.

Mirza Teletovic set new career highs in both points (18) and rebounds (13).

The highlight of the game was a T-shirt a Rockets fan was wearing. It read: “4 Sale: Cola & Ice $50,000 per Cup Hit Me Up.”

UP NEXT: The Nets play the second half of a back-to-back set Saturday night in Memphis.