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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Humphries disputes goaltending call

By Mike Mazzeo

Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries couldn't believe it. Neither could his coach, Avery Johnson.

With the Nets trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder, 108-106, with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter, Humphries was sure he'd blocked Kevin Durant's floater before it hit the backboard.

Kris Humphries and Kevin Durant
Goaltending? Kris Humphries didn't think so.
But the officials saw it differently, and called Humphries for goaltending. Replays were inconclusive, and the initial call on the court stood. The Thunder went on to beat the Nets, 117-111, on Tuesday night at Barclays Center.

"If it wasn't (a clean block) it was as close as it could possibly be," said Humphries, who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds but no rejections.

"I felt like I pushed it into the backboard. But once they call it one way, it's like football, they'd have to overturn it.”

Said Johnson: "I'll have to get another look at it, but that was a big one."

After losing back-to-back games to both teams that appeared in the 2012 NBA Finals, can Humphries take anything positives out of the way the team played despite not having center Brook Lopez for both games due to a sprained right foot?

"A loss is a loss to us. We're not the Nets of the past few years," Humphries said. "No moral victories. We're trying to win games. We can't go on losing streaks. That's not what this year is about."

Added point guard Deron Williams: "We've had some good wins, but these last two kind of humble you, and show you that we still have a little ways to go before we can be considered one of the upper-echelon teams."

• Kevin Durant nearly threw down the dunk of the year over Andray Blatche with 32.5 seconds left in the second quarter. The Thunder forward elevated high over the Nets center before nearly finishing off an emphatic one-handed slam with his right arm well above the rim. Durant finished with 32 points.

• The Thunder scored an opponent season-high 117 points against the Nets. They also shot 60.6 percent from the field, 88.2 percent from the free-throw line, and their 30 total makes were all opponent highs.

• Brooklyn's 14 made 3-pointers were a season-high.

• D-Will has led the Nets in assists in all 17 games they've played this season.

Mirza Teletovic notched a season-high eight points, including two 3-pointers.