Another blow out loss for the Nets, as they fall to the Nuggets, 111-87

Maddie Meyer

BROOKLYN - With the news breaking just hours before the game that Jason Kidd has reassigned assistant coach Lawrence Frank, there was some basketball-related business not related to the coaching situation in Brooklyn to take care of. And that something was the Denver Nuggets, who entered the night having won eight of their last 10 games.

Well, make that nine out of 11, as they came in and on the heels of the Lawrence Frank news blew the Nets off their home court, 111-87.

Brooklyn was once again shorthanded, playing without Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce. Tyshawn Taylor once again got the start at point guard, while Alan Anderson pulled the start at small forward for Pierce.

The Nets offense got off to a quick start, packing it into the paint early, scoring 12 points in the paint in the first five minutes of the game. Brook Lopez led the way early, using his size in mismatch situations with Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson guarding him. In the first quarter, the Nets had 11 makes, with nine of those coming in the paint. After one, they led the Nuggets 29-27.

Lopez and Joe Johnson combined to score 20 points in the first quarter.

Early in the second the Nets got another scare as Mirza Teletovic injured his left hand and was sent to the locker room for reevaluation. Fortunately, the x-rays game back negative and the injury is being called a "sprained wrist." He returned to the game in the third quarter.

The Nets defense, especially in the paint, lagged big time in the second quarter. What went from an 18-4 lead in points in the paint quickly turned to 18-14, minutes into the second quarter.

Struggle came early for the Nets, who typically wait until the third quarter to lose their rhythm. Tonight, however, it came in the second where they shot just 36.4 percent from the floor, and allowed the Nuggets to carry a 58-50 lead into halftime.

In the third, it looked like the Nets might have quickly figured out how to come out of the half with some energy, as they rattled in six quick points, but then the Nuggets just took off. They were moving well, getting open looks from three and exploiting the baseline, and building a 24-point lead out of it.

At the end of three, the Nets trailed the Nuggets, 89-65.

Game over. And with that, still 12 minutes to play, the "boo birds" came out and, with good reason. The energy in the third wasn't there, as the Nets shot just 26.2 percent from the floor, scoring 15 points and allowing the Nuggets to run away with this one, shooting 52.2 percent and scoring 31 points in the third.

The fourth quarter? Not much doing either, as the Nets never got within 20 points, losing 111-87.

Brooklyn is now 5-13 on the season, and next up is a home game on Thursday against the New York Knicks.

For more on the Nuggets, see: Denver Stiffs

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