WHAT IT MEANS: Deron Williams busted out of his shooting funk in a big way on Tuesday.
Three nights later, Joe Johnson did the same.
Johnson, who came in averaging just 15.6 points on 40.6 percent shooting, exploded for a season-high 32 points in Friday night’s 109-102 loss to the Golden State Warriors. The 31-year-old shooting guard (12-for-23, 4-for-9 3-point range) missed his first shot, but proceeded to make his next seven in a row en route to 20 first-half points.
The Nets (11-7) have now lost a season-high three games in a row. They led by as many as 13 in the second quarter, but started playing a run-and-gun game with Golden State’s high-paced squad, which proved to be a mistake. The Nets led 89-86 with 9:34 left in the fourth quarter before the Warriors pulled away with a 13-3 run. Brooklyn has now allowed over 100 points on over 50 percent shooting in its last three games. These numbers are going to keep Nets coach Avery Johnson up all night.
Stephen Curry (28 points) and ex-New York Knick David Lee (30 points, 15 rebounds) inflicted the majority of the damage for the Warriors (12-7), allowing Brooklyn native Mark Jackson to come away with a coaching victory in his homecoming.
The Nets, who lost both their games to the Warriors this season, dropped to 7-3 at home, 1-2 with owner Mikhail Prokhorov in attendance.
CAN I GET AN ENCORE? D-Will followed up his season-high 33-point output against the Oklahoma City Thunder by stuffing the stat-sheet to the tune of 23 points, eight assists and five rebounds three nights later.
THE GLOBETROTTER: Spin moves along the baseline. A no-look assist in transition. Even a 3-pointer -- his first of the season -- to end the first half. Yes, Andray Blatche had it going on. Starting in place of the injured Brook Lopez (mild right foot sprain) for a fourth consecutive game, the 26-year-old put up 22 points and a season-high 15 rebounds in 35 minutes. In his previous three starts, Blatche had been averaging 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds.
BROOKLYN BOMBERS: The Nets went just 6-for-23 from 3-point range in their loss to the Warriors on Nov. 21. They went 11-for-33 from beyond the arc on Friday night. Brooklyn has now made at least 10 triples in four of its last five games.
THIRD IS THE BAD WORD: The Nets were outscored 29-19 during the third quarter, and shot just 33.3 percent during the frame. They trailed 84-82 heading into the fourth.
ON SECOND THOUGHT: The Nets saw their 37-24 lead evaporate in the second quarter because they allowed the Warriors to shoot a blistering 63.6 percent. But they closed the half on an 11-0 run to take a 63-55 lead into the locker room.
RUNNING AND GUNNING: The Warriors outscored the Nets 24-2 on the fastbreak. They also outscored Brooklyn 50-38 in the paint.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Mariano Rivera
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Bucks on Sunday night