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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Jazz 92, Nets 90

By Mike Mazzeo



WHAT IT MEANS: Another blown double-digit lead. Another loss.

What else is new?

The Brooklyn Nets did it again, this time blowing a 13-point lead in a 92-90 setback to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night at Barclays Center.

A day after Deron Williams expressed his frustration over not being able to thrive in coach Avery Johnson’s offense system, he scored 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting. D-Will was called for a controversial offensive foul with 1:51 left and the Nets trailing by two. On the ensuing Jazz possession, Al Jefferson drilled a jumper to make it 92-88.

The Nets (13-11) had a chance to win in the final seconds, but Gerald Wallace missed an open 3-pointer. They have lost two in a row and were outscored 48-33 in the second half.

EXTENDED MINUTES: Brook Lopez got 30 minutes of run, his most since coming back from a sprained right foot injury. He scored 16 points and added five rebounds.

ISO JOE: Joe Johnson continued his run of strong play, scoring 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Johnson came in averaging 20.8 points in his previous four games.

THIRD IS THE BAD WORD: The NBA’s second-worst third-quarter team was outscored, 26-17, by Utah in the frame.

JUMPING OUT IN FRONT: A 12-0 second-quarter run allowed the Nets to take a 13-point lead into the locker room.

CHANGING LINEUPS: Kris Humphries returned to the starting lineup after a five-game stint as a reserve and had eight points and 11 rebounds.

UP NEXT: Nets at Knicks on Wednesday night at 7.