Friday, March 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nuggets 109, Nets 87
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets went to Denver, and, to the surprise of no one, got blown out of Pepsi Center.
In their 109-87 loss to the Nuggets on Friday night, the Nets shot just 40.5 percent from the field and went 18-for-36 from the free throw line, while being outscored 62-46 in the paint and 26-2 on the fast break.
Brooklyn (43-29), which trailed by as many as 22, dropped to 16-26 against .500-or-better teams (at time of game played) and 4-2 on its eight-game circus road trip.
Denver (50-24) has won 18 straight games at home, and is 33-3 there this season.
The Nets were without Joe Johnson (heel/quad) for a third straight game, while the Nuggets were without Ty Lawson (torn plantar fascia).
Deron Williams led the Nets with 19 points, while Reggie Evans added 15 points and 16 rebounds. Andray Blatche had 16 points, but Brook Lopez was held to 11 points on 4-for-15 shooting.
SECOND-RATE: The Nets were outscored 29-15 in the second quarter. They shot just 25 percent in the frame (4-for-16), had seven turnovers and allowed the Nuggets to rip off a 16-2 run and blow the game wide open.
UP NEXT: Nets at Utah Jazz on Saturday at 9 p.m.