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Another one: Nets drop 8th straight at home with 91-74 loss to Raptors

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- When asked how the Nets can get out of this slump, Joe Johnson answered with three simple words: "I don't know."

Nobody does.

The Nets are giving fans very few reasons to make a visit to the Barclays Center. They sent them home unhappy for the eighth straight time, the worst it's been since dropping 14 in a row during the forgettable 70-loss season following a 91-74 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

If there's any indications that the Nets-Raptors rivalry is long dead, Wednesday night was it.

The first half was as ugly as ugly gets. Both teams struggled to put the ball in the hole, but mostly the Nets who shot 38 percent and scored a total of 36 points in the half.

The Raptors got it together towards the end of the half and went on a 14-2 run to eventually take a nine-point lead into half time. They went up by as much as 14 in the third, then 18 in the fourth quarter. This game was over early for the Nets, despite a 4-of-22 three-point shooting night from Toronto. The Nets were 5-of-16from three and 40 percent overall. They also committed 18 turnovers to 18 assists.

It was an absolute nightmare. Brook Lopez (24 points, 13 rebounds & three blocks), Bojan Bogdanovic (12 points) and Thaddeus Young (11 points, seven rebounds) were the only three players to finish within double digits.

How bad was it?

  • After two consecutive 20-point games, Joe Johnson scored five points on 2-of-7 shooting. Despite a left quad contusion, Joe still played 32 minutes.
  • Thaddeus Young, who's finished with 10 double-doubles in his last 15 games, shot a poor 5-of-13 from the floor and finished with 11 & 7.
  • Shane Larkin and Donald Sloan, the new Brooklyn point guards, combined for only eight assists. Will the Nets fix this problem? Probably not.

Shall I keep going? The bench made matters worse with only 13 points on 5-of-19 shooting.

Meanwhile, Jonas Valanciunas led Toronto with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry chipped in 17 points and DeMar DeRozan 15 points.

It doesn't get much worse than this folks. The Nets, at 10-25 -- who don't own a draft pick -- are showing no signs of improvement nor any signs of change in any aspect. Not to mention, they're now 6-12 at home. We'll see if they make it 6-13 this Friday vs. Orlando.

"There's a lot of stuff we have to tweak," Thaddeus Young said after the loss, despite holding the Raptors to 91 points. "Right now we're just out of sync."

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At least we had this:

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