Brooklyn blows a double-digit lead after a silent second half
The Nets dropped to 4-7 on the season after a frustrating 101-93 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Brooklyn came roaring out of the gates with a 35-point first quarter and led by as many as 16 in the second period. They appeared primed to end their two-game skid, but instead, extended their streak to three after a disappointing second half.
Kyrie Irving ran the offense like a well-oiled machine, dishing eight assists in the first half alone. Then, everything began to fall off the rails. The Nets hit a cold spell, and Brooklyn put up enough bricks to build a highrise.
Despite regaining a 14 point cushion early in the third quarter, they weren’t able to hang on for the win. Denver gouged a porous Nets defense for 52 points in the final two frames, and the offense sputtered to collect 32 total second-half points.
While the game was a tale of two halves for Brooklyn, it also told a larger story that has defined their season thus far. 48 minutes of inconsistent execution, another blown double-digit lead, and the inability to finish a tight contest.
Joe Harris, Taurean Prince, Garrett Temple, and Spencer Dinwiddie combined for 45 points on an abysmal 17-of-55 from the field. The quartet wasn’t shy when it came to shooting their shot, and it might have been better to show some restraint.
The Nets nightmare of a road trip ends Saturday when they travel to the Windy City to take on the 4-8 Chicago Bulls. Brooklyn has just one win away from Barclays Center this season, and this might be their best chance to add a second to their rotten road resume.