Hopefully, they got some real bonding done off the court, because on the court, the Nets' trip to China did not produce results. They suffered their second 10-point loss to the Rockets on Saturday in Guangzhou, again unable to score consistently against Houston's strong defense.
Avery Johnson attributed much of the problem to "careless turnovers".
After making their first six shots of the game, the Nets made just one of their next 14 and continued to struggle through the first half. After trailing by 13 early in the third quarter, they used a 13-2 run to get back within two. But as was the case on Wednesday, they could never tie or take the lead, with a 9-0 Rockets run putting them away in the fourth.
They had a couple of more offensive contributors this time, but little production from the role players once again. Brook Lopez led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Anthony Morrow added 19 points, hitting all three 3-pointers he took. Devin Harris and Terrence Williams finished with 16 apiece, but Williams needed 18 shots to get his. After grabbing one rebound in eight minutes in the first half, Derrick Favors did not play after halftime.
- Boxscore - NBA.com
- Game Highlights (Video) - NBA.com
Rockets Beat Nets 95-85 In China - AP
Avery Johnson Press Conference (Video) - NBA.com
Terrence Williams Press Conference (Video) - NBA.com
- Rick Adelman Press Conference (Video) - NBA.com
- Yao Ming Press Conference (Video) - NBA.com
Saturday's Top 10 (Video) - NBA.com
- Already waning, tired Nets drop final overseas exhibition, 95-85 - Conor Orr - Star-Ledger
Nets play like tourists during trip to China - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Yao, Rockets delight China with win to close trip - Jonathan Feigen - Houston Chronicle
Yao learning how to handle burden of carrying China - Jonathan Feigen - Houston Chronicle
Rockets beat Nets again in China Games - Mu Xuequan - Xinhua