WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets might as well ask the NBA if they can play all of their home games on the road. In their latest lackluster performance at Prudential Center, the Nets were outshot 51.5 percent to 36.5 percent on Sunday night, and inexplicably fell, 94-73, to a lowly Raptors squad that was playing without Andrea Bargnani (calf strain) and Leandro Barbosa (sore ankle). The Nets, who trailed by as many as 23 and scored 29 points combined in the second and third quarters, are now 2-6 at home and 7-14 overall.
HE HATE ME: Surprisingly, Deron Williams -- the arena hater -- play well, scoring a team-high 24 points, dishing out six assists and grabbing four rebounds. More importantly, he was a very respectable 8-for-20 from the field. D-Will banged his right knee/thigh early in the fourth quarter, but stayed in the game after being worked on by trainer Tim Walsh. The Nets lost for the first time this season when D-Will scores 24 or more points (1-5).
O-FUL: When D-Will wasn’t creating off dribble penetration, the Nets’ offense was stagnant. Their ball movement and spacing was horrendous. In all, they had 15 turnovers and scored just two fastbreak points. And the normally reliable Kris Humphries was out-of-sorts all evening long, scoring just three points on 1-for-4 shooting.
TURNING POINT: The Raptors used a 10-0 run to take a 15-point lead in the third quarter.
RETURN OF THE ROOKIE: Rookie MarShon Brooks returned to the lineup after a three-game absence due to a left Achilles injury, but looked rusty and didn’t have much of an impact. He picked up two quick fouls in 37 seconds after checking in late in the first quarter, and finished with six points on 3-for-10 shooting in 22 minutes.
PLAY OF THE NIGHT: Johan Petro’s reverse dunk off a perfect bounce pass from Brooks with 9:45 left in the second quarter. The crowd then proceeded to cheer Petro. Seriously.
STATS OF THE NIGHT: The Nets went a stretch of 7:01 without a field goal in the second quarter. They were outshot 52.8 percent to 34.2 percent in the first half, but trailed by just five. Their frontcourt mustered just two points in the opening 24 minutes.
OF NOTE: DeShawn Stevenson suffered a bruised right knee 14 seconds into the third quarter, but returned. ... Humphries was whistled for a questionable “flagrant one” foul after hacking DeMar DeRozan (game-high 27 points) on a fastbreak.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Pacers, Tuesday night, 7 p.m.