In the first half, they were unselfish. As for the second half, however, the Brooklyn Nets went to an "every man For himself" offense in the final 24 minutes and imploded, blowing a 19-point lead and falling to the Phoenix Suns 112-104 on Wednesday night at U.S. Airways Center. The Nets are 4-3, 0-1 on their three-game West Coast trip.
Players of the game: Ex-Net Gerald Green (28 points) and fourth-quarter standout Isaiah Thomas (20 points) share the honor. It could’ve been Joe Johnson (21 points, 7-for-16 shooting). But the Net who called out his teammates wasn’t his usual clutch self down the stretch. Johnson had a key turnover with two minutes left, which led to Goran Dragic's 3-pointer that gave the Suns a 105-99 lead. Johnson was forcing things. Maybe he felt he had to. Brook Lopez didn’t make a shot in the second half and was benched for the final 4:08.
Stat of the game: Nets shooting by quarter: 12-for-17 first (70.6 percent), 12-for-17 second (70.6 percent), 5-for-15 third (33.3 percent), 6-for-25 fourth (24 percent). When they ran a lot of flex action, the Nets were potent. When they got away from that and went isolation with too much dribbling, they were putrid. It’s that simple.
Up next: The Nets, who went 6-14 in the second half of back-to-backs last season, face the high-octane Golden State Warriors Thursday night at raucous Oracle Arena. It's their first of 19 back-to-back sets this season.