Nets Lose Again at the Rock, Get Burned By Tired Jazz

Mar 26, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets guard MarShon Brooks (9) drives to the basket as Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (left) and center Al Jefferson (25) defend at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

In the latest example of how bad the Nets are at the Prudential Center, they couldn't take advantage of a team that had played four overtimes 24 hours earlier, falling to the Utah Jazz, 105-84, on Monday.

The Nets shot 12-for-39 in the first half and trailed by as many as 22 points early in the third quarter.

They outscored the Jazz 37-18 over the next 12 minutes to get to within three early in the fourth, but Utah answered with a 7-0 run and eventually went back up 23 in the final minute.

Utah shot 52 percent for the game and was led by Paul Millsap's 24 points and 13 rebounds. Gerald Green led the Nets with 20 points. Deron Williams finished with 17 points and 11 assists, but made just seven of his 21 shots. Jordan Williams had another solid game, scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds in 20 minutes.

Jazz beat writers made fun of the Nets effort, with one saying they were "lackadaisical, unenergetic, frustrated and struggled mightily to score and defend. In other words, the New Jersey Nets looked like they normally do." Another tweeted early that the "Nets look horrible. No way around it. Can't finish. Can't shoot. Can't execute. No energy", even describing Nets beat writers as laughing at the lack of effort with a "'What'd you expect?" shrug."

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