The only scary thing about Halloween this year is the Nets three-point percentage.
For the third straight game, the Nets' lack of an arsenal from deep reaped its consequences and they lost for a third time this season, 101-91. They shot 3-of-13 from three, with the first coming with two minutes left in the third quarter.
The Grizzlies shot 9-of-23 from three, resulting in a 27-9 advantage in the 3-point category.
It didn't look pretty from the start. In the first quarter, the Nets allowed Memphis to score 31 points. Brook Lopez was sidelined for the rest of the half after picking up three personal fouls late in the first. It set up for another tough second quarter.
The Nets barely hung around. The only bright spot in the second was the spark from Lopez's replacement Thomas Robinson, who scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his first 11 minutes of action.
Robinson didn't see the floor until the 7:06 mark of the fourth quarter. He finished with eight points and 12 rebounds in 15 minutes.
Marc Gasol was forced to check out early in the third quarter after injuring his hand. Still, the Nets failed to take advantage and trailed by 10 heading into the final period of play.
Memphis went up 15 after they jolted out of the gate with a 7-2 run. The Nets cut it down to six within the final minute of the game, but Zach Randolph bullied his way into the paint and dug a subtle dagger into the hearts of the Nets.
Following the timeout after, the Nets turned the ball over on an inbounds play. More insult to injury. Game over.
Bojan Bogdanovic was the leading scorer for the Nets with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Bogie, who lost his starting role to Wayne Ellington & Markel Brown, is starting to look the Bogdanovic we knew from April.
Lopez had a quiet double-double night of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jarrett Jack chipped in 15. Jack attempted 17 shots, the most of any player on the floor. He, along with Joe Johnson (11 points), finished with a minus-6.
For Memphis, Mike Conley was the man in charge with 22 points and eight assists. He made it look easy. Zach Randolph finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Marc Gasol shot a poor 2-of-10 from the floor.
The Nets travel home to Brooklyn to face Jason Kidd's young Bucks Monday night. Will they get their first W of the season?
Meanwhile, Bill Simmons, professional Boston fan, took pleasure in the Nets loss. For Simmons, it's all about that pick...
The Nets are 0-3. Happy Halloween @BenSimmons25 !!!— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 1, 2015
For more on the Memphis Grizzlies, check them out at Grizzly Bear Blues.
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