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Heartbreak: Lopez, Nets fight but Holiday hits clutch dagger, 105-103

Make that 12-36 on the season.

Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Let's just move on from the month of January and never talk about it again.

The Nets capped off the month in which they lost their starting point guard, fired their coach, reassigned their GM and lost 13 games including a heartbreaking 105-103 loss to the Pelicans, Saturday night, in New Orleans on the second night of a back-to-back.

It was fitting for the Nets to get their hearts ripped out and stomped on to close out the month of January, as Jrue Holiday nailed the game-winning shot with a second left.

It really couldn't get much worse than January, but at least things should be a little brighter in February and so on. Not saying many wins are to be had, but there's a total of six games left until the All-Star break, which means we'll be seeing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson return and Chris McCullough make his debut sometime within the next few weeks. Not to mention, the new practice facility is set to open sometime over the All-Star break.

But for now, we're still watching the games and for the Nets, there haven't been to many pretty ones. This one was certainly crazy and the first half was...weird.

Brooklyn's bench, who finished with two points on 1-of-14 shooting Friday in Dallas, scored 15 points behind the lead of Thomas Robinson and Shane Larkin. Robinson came in and provided an immediate bulk of energy with eight points and four rebounds in eight minutes with two a monstrous and-one dunk and powerful block.

Anthony Davis finished the half with zero points on 0-for-9 shooting. Meanwhile, Wayne Ellington led all scorers with 14 points and propelled the Nets to a seven-point lead.

Yeah, it was that kind of half.

Davis, who returned to play after suffering a concussion, finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds. He missed his first 10 shots, but nailed four straight shots to start the second half and scored 12 points in the third.

He put his team back on top following an 8-0 run that eventually turned into a 27-15 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

But there was another big man in this game that was too much to handle: Brook Lopez. Lopez matched a season-high 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot.

Both teams exchanged buckets throughout the fourth quarter, but the duo of Thaddeus Yong and Brook Lopez were too much for New Orleans to handle. Young (16 points and eight rebounds) scored eight straight points within the final two minutes of the game, and dished a beautiful assist to Brook Lopez to tie the game with 32 seconds left.

As the shot clock ticked down and the game clock dwindled around nine seconds, Jrue Holiday stepped behind the line and nailed a three-pointer to go up by three. Then, Joe Johnson hit a game-tying three with six seconds left.

But the Nets will always somehow find heartbreak. Holiday nailed a fadeaway jumped with one second left as the Nets were stuck without any timeouts.

Joe Johnson (10 points) almost nailed a miracle heave but it missed and the game was over.

Jrue Holiday scored seven straight points to close out the game and led Pelicans' scorers with 26 points in 24 minutes. Ryan Anderson put home 24 points in 26 minutes on 5-of-9 from three.

The Nets outscored the Pelicans 37-34 in a crazy fourth quarter. It still wasn't enough as the defense continued to falter in the second half.

The Nets received some nice contributions from Wayne Ellington (18 points, five three-pointers) and Shane Larkin (13 points, six assists). As a whole, the Nets nailed nine three-pointers and committed only 10 turnovers. The Pelicans, a little better, nailed 11 three-pointers and also committed 10 turnovers.

Player of the Week?

Brook Lopez capped off one of his best weeks as a Net with point totals of 33, 28, 13 and 31. In all four of those games, Brook finished with 10+ rebounds and at least one blocked shot. All Star snub?

Next up: Monday -- Detroit Pistons, 7:30 pm at Barclays Center.

For more on the New Orleans Pelicans, check them out at The Bird Writes.