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Nets drowned out by loud Jazz play, 95-88

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The Utah Jazz had the Brooklyn Nets singing the blues for the third straight game at Barclays Center after defeating the hometown team, 95-88.

They were booed off the court as fans left the arena disgusted yet again. And rightfully so.

"We've underperformed," Brook Lopez said afterwards. "They [the fans] expect better from us and have high expectations and we need to meet those. And I think we ourselves, in this locker room, have even higher expectations."

The Nets cut a nine-point deficit down to one after jumping out on a 12-4 run, but the Jazz answered with a 10-0 run of their own to increase the lead to 11 with 3:20 remaining in the game.  The Nets were on the way to their third straight crucial loss on their home floor, this one dropping them further out of the playoff race.

The combination of Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack have continuously played bad together throughout the season, but Lionel Hollins insists on relying on the PG duo to close out games. The score was 78-77 when the two entered the game together. Minutes later, the Nets found themselves down 11 with Utah in the midst of a 10-0 run.

Deron Williams was nearly ineffective, posting a stat-line of six points, five rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes. His partner in crime, Jarrett Jack, finished the game with four points and five assists in 23 minutes.

To make things even worse, Deron Williams & Joe Johnson have scored 49 points combined in the past three losses. Johnson finished with nine tonight.

"We're in a tough situation where we're fighting for a playoff spot and we're playing really bad," Deron Williams said. "It's like we take one step forward then two steps back. We beat two good teams -- Dallas on the road and Golden State at home and then we lose these three in a row. We're just sliding further and further back."

Derrick Favors -- the man the Nets traded in exchange for Deron Williams, finished with 22 points and eight rebounds.

Despite committing zero turnovers in the first quarter, the Nets finished the night with 14 turnovers while being out-rebounded 43-30. They shot the ball 50% from the field and 53.3% from three, but 17 free throws from Utah compared to four free throws from Brooklyn made the difference.

Brook Lopez & Thaddeus Young both started together for the first time since Young was traded to Brooklyn. Both led the way with 19 points apiece while Lopez grabbed 10 rebounds and Young with four steals, the most since Kevin Garnett did so on December 29th.

Gordon Hayward was a force for Utah. He led all scorers with 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Rudy Gobert was quiet on the offensive side of the ball, but finished with 11 rebounds.

The Nets are now 25-36 and continue to trickle down the Eastern Conference standings. They're 1-3 since returning home to Brooklyn, with their one win coming against the NBA's best team. They'll face the New Orleans Pelicans this Tuesday night. Who knows which team will show up.

"I know we’ve played well all year long on the road and I know we’ve played poorly all year long at home. And it hasn’t changed.’’

Quarter by quarter summary:

First quarter ... Well, Lionel Hollins had zero issues with playing the starting unit the full 12 minutes in the first quarter. And It paid off. Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, both of whom got the start, finished the quarter with eight points apiece and gave Brooklyn a 24-21 lead. The Nets finished the first with zero turnovers and shot 44% from the field.

Second quarter ... The half continued at a back at forth pace with neither team able to take full control of the game. The Nets finished the half shooting 44% from the field and only turned the ball over just three times, compared to Utah's 45% shooting and nine turnovers. The Nets couldn't capitalize.

Score at the half: Nets 43, Jazz 42.

Third quarter ... The Jazz had the upper-hand after three quarters following a 24-20 quarter. Every point mattered because of how close this game was. The Nets were 6-of-11 from three, but they still couldn't take advantage. It was a must win game and they were trailing, 66-63, after three quarters.

Fourth quarter ... The Nets cut a nine-point deficit down to one after jumping out on a 12-4 run, but the Jazz answered with a 10-0 run of their own to increase the lead to 11 with 3:20 remaining in the game.  The Nets were on the way to their third straight crucial loss on their home floor, this one dropping them further out of the playoff race.

Final score: Jazz 95, Nets 88.

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