Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Quick hits: Nuggets 123, Nets 115
By Mike Mazzeo
The Nets lost 123-115 to the Nuggets on Wednesday night in Denver.
Here are some quick takeaways:
• The Nets (2-9) shot a season-high 51.8 percent from the field, hit a franchise-record 20 3-pointers and scored a season-high 115 points, but they allowed the Nuggets to shoot an unacceptable 59.5 percent from the field, 61.1 percent from downtown and score 123 points -- by far the most allowed by the Nets this season.
• Denver’s wings exploited Anthony Morrow and MarShon Brooks. Morrow and Brooks are both gifted offensive players, but they cannot play on the floor at the same time. Their defense is horrendous.
They had to on Wednesday night, though, because DeShawn Stevenson and Damion James, their only two capable wing defenders, were out with injuries. Coach Avery Johnson is going to be upset -- and rightfully so. But when you have no defenders, you have no chance.
Check this: Danilo Gallinari had 17 of his 22 points in the first quarter, and Corey Brewer had 17 of his 19 points in the second quarter.
• Jordan Farmar played what was far and away his best game as a Net this season. The Nets trailed by as many as 23, but Farmar scored 13 of his team’s points during a 15-0 run that closed their deficit to eight early in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, that’s as close as they’d get. The backup point guard ended up with a game-high 26 points in 21 minutes.
• Deron Williams was ejected with 3:02 remaining. Williams knocked down his first three shots from the field, but made just three of his last 11 attempts. He finished with 16 points, 13 assists and five turnovers in 38 minutes. Williams told reporters he suffered a minor, Grade I ankle sprain before he was thrown out. He said he took out his frustrations over the sprain on the refs. Johnson said Williams was upset about being constantly bumped and hacked on his way to the rim, and there was a difference of opinion.
• Morrow is 19 for 33 from 3-point range over his last five games.
• The Nets allowed 66 first-half points, the most they’ve allowed in any half all season. They also allowed the Nuggets to shoot 66.7 percent over that span.
• In their previous two games, the Nets, the NBA’s worst first-quarter team, trailed 31-18 after the opening stanza. The Nets made seven of their first 10 shots on Wednesday night and scored 18 points in the first 5:34 of the period. The only problem was that they eventually went cold, allowed the Nuggets to shoot 68.8 percent from the field, and a seven-point lead quickly turned into a seven-point deficit.
• The Nets previous high for 3-pointers in a game was 17, set on Apr. 7, 2007 against Washington in overtime.