- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Nets lost to the Rockets for the 12th straight time, falling 119-106 on Saturday night at the Toyota Center.
Brooklyn (26-18) hit a season-high 16 3-pointers but gave up 60 points in the paint and 27 fast-break points to Houston (24-22). The Nets, which trailed by as many as 20, are 10-18 against .500 or better teams this season. They are 10-3 in January and 12-4 under P.J. Carlesimo. This is their first two-game losing streak under the interim coach.
James Harden led the Rockets with 29 points and seven assists. Omer Asik chipped in 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Chandler Parsons added 16 points and 11 assists. Old nemesis Jeremy Lin had 14 points, nine assists, six turnovers and five rebounds.
HOUSTON, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM: Deron Williams had 20 points in the first quarter -- the most by a Net in any quarter this season. He went 7-for-7 from the field and scored Brooklyn’s first nine points. D-Will rolled his left ankle early in the second quarter but remained in the game. He also hurt his left hand trying to swipe the ball from a driving Lin in the fourth. Williams suffered a left quadriceps contusion in Friday night’s loss in Memphis. D-Will finished with 27 points, 11 assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 41 minutes. He was ejected with 1:07 left.
HELP IS ON THE WAY: Brook Lopez contributed 21 points, seven rebounds and a season-high-tying five blocks, while Joe Johnson added 13 points and six assists on 5-for-14 shooting. The duo went 1-for-12 in the first half.
OWNED IN THE PAINT: The Nets gave up 20 points in the paint in the second quarter. They have allowed 122 there over the past two games.
DISMAL: The Nets have given up 129 points in their past two first halves. On Saturday night, they were outscored 32-6 in the paint and 18-7 on the fast break and outrebounded 28-15 in the opening 24 minutes.
BLOWING IT OPEN: The Rockets came out in the second quarter on fire, ripping off a 25-6 run to turn a one-point deficit into an 18-point lead. The Nets had one field goal in the first seven minutes of the quarter.
ON THE BOARD: Gerald Wallace’s layup late in the second quarter was his first field goal in his last three games. Wallace finished with 11 points.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Magic on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.