Blatche finds little comfort in numbers

December, 11, 2012
12/11/12
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Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche continues to post solid numbers -- but he isn’t satisfied with that.

“It doesn’t really mean much to me about what I did, because we didn’t win,” Blatche said after scoring a season-high 23 points in his team’s 100-97 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night at Barclays Center.

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Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsAndray Blatche said he cares more about the Nets' five-game losing streak than he does about his season-high 23 points.
“We’re too good a team to lose five games in a row, and we’ve got to do something to turn it around.”

Blatche opened up 6-for-7 from the field and thoroughly outplayed counterpart Tyson Chandler (five points, seven rebounds). In six starts in place of the injured Brook Lopez (mild right foot sprain), Blatche has reached the 20-point mark three times.

“He’s playing pretty good offensively,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said. “I know he feels bad because he’s putting up decent numbers but we’re not winning.”

The Nets won the battle of the paint, 48-20, but couldn’t win the game.

With the score tied at 91, Blatche appeared to put the Nets back in front with a tip-in with 3:02 left, but he was called for offensive goaltending because the ball was still above the cylinder. Johnson argued the call because it came extremely late, but to no avail.

“I thought it was a clean putback, but a lot of my teammates said it was still over the rim,” Blatche said.

“I haven’t seen the replay, but basically once that ball went in, we were getting back in transition and then all of a sudden there’s a call,” Johnson said. “I’m sure they’ll check it out and see if it was the correct call or not. I just think there was a little indecision there, and we thought the play should’ve kept going.

“It’s a tough situation, but this was a really good officiated game. There’s no complaining about the officiating tonight.”

Blatche had been called “terrible” and “horrible” by injured Knick Iman Shumpert during the preseason.

Didn’t look that way on Tuesday night.

“That whole Shumpert thing with him talking trash means nothing to me,” Blatche said. “Like I told you all during preseason, he got a job to do cause he’s not playing -- and that’s what he’s gonna do.”

• Nets small forward Gerald Wallace told reporters after the game that he was fine after banging knees with Knicks reserve guard J.R. Smith late in the fourth quarter. Wallace finished with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists in 43 minutes.

• The Nets shot 52.9 percent from the field, their second-highest percentage of the year.

• Four of Brooklyn’s past five opponents have reached the 100-point plateau.

• Nets reserve MarShon Brooks is 8-for-12 over his past two games for 23 points.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8