Saturday, March 10, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Rockets 112, Nets 106
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: Did you see G.G.? Gerald Green, playing on his second 10-day contract with the Nets, poured in a season-high 26 points and threw down one of the most ridiculous dunks of the season. But he tipped Courtney Lee’s missed layup into his team’s own basket with 1:03 remaining, and it proved to be the decisive basket as the Rockets went on to beat the Nets for the 11th straight time, 112-106, on Saturday night at Prudential Center, snapping New Jersey’s two-game winning streak.
Anthony Morrow missed two 3-pointers in the final minute. The Nets (14-28, 4-14 home) shot 53.1 percent from the field, but couldn’t defend all evening, allowing the Rockets (22-19) to shoot 56.1 percent.
TURNING POINT: Down 13 in the third quarter, the Nets scored 10 straight points to get within three.
ROOKIE WATCH: All MarShon Brooks does is make difficult fadeaway jumpers look easy. He hit several of them en route to 23 points -- one off his career-high -- five rebounds and a career-high seven assists.
FILLING IN: Starting in place of the injured Deron Williams (day-to-day, strained right calf), Jordan Farmar, scored 18 points, dished out four assists and grabbed four rebounds in 34 minutes.
BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME: Green emphatically finished a did-you-see-that?!?! windmill alley-oop dunk from Brooks to bring the Nets within 77-75 late in the third quarter. It will be right there with Bron-Lucas and Griffin-Perkins for dunk of the year.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Cavaliers, Monday night, 7:30 p.m.