NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets didn’t lose on Wednesday night because of the officiating.
But there were some fairly questionable calls in their 110-81 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Nets coach Jason Kidd and guard Joe Johnson were both given technical fouls.
Kidd received his first career regular-season technical as a coach with 8:56 left in the second quarter.
“Accidentally, that was an accident,” Kidd said with a smile.
“I was wrong,” said Kidd, who actually may have been right. “They felt that I expressed too much so I got a T. No big thing.”
Johnson received his second T of the season at the end of the first half. He was upset about a no-call as he went up for a shot while defended by Smith in the post.
“It wasn’t just that call, but it is what it is,” Johnson said. “I got an apology [from the officials because they were wrong] at halftime, but it meant nothing.”
“I thought I was making a basketball play,” Pierce said. “The refs made a judgment call and what can you do?”
Asked about the officiating overall, Pierce said, “It’s too fresh after the game for me to really recall, I have to go back and look at the tape. But at the end of the day, we have to do a better job defensively. We can’t put it in the hands of the refs. And you still gotta put the ball in the hole. It’s as simple as that.”