WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets were absolutely pummeled in Memphis.
In their 101-77 loss to the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum on Friday night, the Nets were outshot 52.2 percent to 40.8 percent and outscored in the paint 62-40.
Brooklyn (25-17), which trailed by as many as 28, dropped to 12-3 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, 10-2 in January.
Memphis (28-14) improved to 17-6 at home. Marc Gasol led the way for the Grizzlies, scoring 20 points -- all in the first half -- while grabbing nine rebounds. Six other players scored in double figures for Memphis.
While it’s an ugly loss, Memphis is one of the best teams in the NBA. The Nets certainly aren’t the first team to go in there and get walloped, and they probably won’t be the last.
ONE-MAN SHOW: Just a day removed from his All-Star snub, Brook Lopez came to play, scoring 19 points -- 18 in the first half -- while grabbing four rebounds and blocking three shots in 27 minutes.
NOT AGAIN, D-WILL: Deron Williams suffered a left quad contusion with 25.9 seconds left in the third quarter. Williams collided with Darrell Arthur knee-on-knee as he tried to chase Jerryd Bayless around an Arthur screen. Williams, who finished with 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and two blocks, did not return.
PULLING AWAY: A 19-5 second-quarter run gave the Grizzlies a 20-point lead. During one stretch of the frame, Memphis went 12-for-13 from the field.
DOMINATION: The Grizzlies outscored the Nets 67-44 in the first half and led by as many as 25. The 67 first-half points (on 60.4 percent shooting) were the most allowed by the Nets in any half this season. The Grizzlies outscored the Nets 44-24 in the paint in the opening 24 minutes and outrebounded them 24-13.
ON A POSITIVE NOTE: Reggie Evans had a season-high in points (11) and recorded his first double-double (10 rebounds) in a Brooklyn uniform. It was his first double-double since March 11, 2012 when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers. According to reporters in Memphis, Evans apparently was upset that the Grizzlies left their starters in late in the game.
ISN’T IT IRONIC? Jay-Z tweeted a photo of him and Grizzlies minority owner Justin Timberlake watching the game together. Jay-Z hadn’t tweeted since Nov. 26, when he wrote “The city is under new management” after the Nets beat the Knicks in the first game of the East River Rivalry.
UP NEXT: Nets at Rockets on Saturday night at 8 p.m.