Coming off a nice win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, the Brooklyn Nets were in Philadelphia taking on the league's worst, 7-win 76ers. Sure, it seemed like a nice time to pick up back-to-back wins, but after a disastrous first quarter it didn't seem as if the Nets would get a win over the hapless 76ers.
And while Joe Johnson was a no-show, Brook Lopez was gassed and Tony Brown was out-coached down the stretch, that terrible start turned into an even worse finish, as the Nets fell to the 76ers, 103-98.
As for that horrendous start, here's what happened:
The Nets had four turnovers in the first three minutes of the game, while the 76ers had two turnovers and just one assist in that span. It was not a pretty start. The Nets had just four points, on 2-of-8 shooting, to go along with those four turnovers in the first five minutes of the game against one of the league's worst defensive teams.
Seven minutes into the game and the two teams had combined to score just 14 points and a total of 10 turnovers.
And it got worse.
We're 9 minutes into the game. Nets have 9 turnovers and just 6 points. Against the 76ers.— Tom Lorenzo (@TomLorenzo) February 7, 2016
The Nets have nine turnovers in nine minutes and trail by nine.— devin kharpertian (@uuords) February 7, 2016
11 minutes played. 11 turnovers. #Nets— Tom Lorenzo (@TomLorenzo) February 7, 2016
After the first quarter, the Nets trailed the 76ers 24-12. They shot just 5-of-17 (29.6%) from the floor and had 11 turnovers. This was probably the worst 12 minutes of basketball I've seen all season.
The second quarter was...better? The Nets didn't turn the ball over 11 times in the second, which was an improvement. They didn't necessarily play much basketball, but when you're up against the 76ers all you really have to do is just stay close enough, and that they were able to do.
The Nets out-scored the 76ers in the second quarter, 27-17, and had just one turnovers, as they were able to pull within two points at halftime, trailing 41-39.
Brook Lopez came alive, ever so slightly, in the third quarter, after scoring just six points in the first half, to help give Brooklyn the lead early. They weren't, however, able to hold it.
The Nets found better success in the half court, but the 76ers, however, were too quick in transition and in the open court, where they were able to take a 10-0 run late in the third quarter.
When Philadelphia was able to transition and work the outlet passes on defensive rebounds, the Nets struggled to get back and set their defense. Even Jahlil Okafor was able to get out on the run and get good position under the basket due to the Nets poor transition defense.
Thaddeus Young had a nice third quarter, to help keep the small-ball Nets in the game. He scored 14 points in the third quarter.
After three, however, the Nets trailed the 76ers, 69-64.
Markel Brown was a nice spark in the fourth quarter. He scored 15 points off the bench, which was a season high. He provided great energy and athleticism in a game, and against a team, where they needed to get out and run on the wing. He and Thaddeus Young really helped to carry the Nets in the fourth.
Young had zero points in the first half, so he did all of his damage in the second half.
It went back and forth down the stretch, thanks to the play of Okafor and Hollis Thompson -- as well as a big three from Robert Covington -- on the other side of the ball. The Nets trailed by one point with one minute-plus to go.
The Nets then went to Joe Johnson, who had been bad all night long, and he was unable to get it done. Just terrible execution and Tony Brown going back to the lineup that dug them into the early hole to begin with. The point guard play was terrible, as the night ended fittingly with a horrific Shane Larking turnover.
Nets lost to the 7-win 76ers,
What a terrible job by the Nets.
Markel Brown hit a career-high three threes, on his way to scoring 15 points. Hopefully this will be enough to show Tony Brown that it's time to continue to develop Markel, especially as Donald Sloan and Larkin both struggled.
Young finished with 22 points, while Johnson had just 9 and Lopez dropped 17 points.
Jahlil Okafor notched a double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds for the 76ers.
Injury note: Nerlens Noel exited the game in the third after injuring his ankle, however he did return in the fourth; Ish Smith did not play for the 76ers.
Next up for the Nets, Monday night at home against the Denver Nuggets.
For more on the 76ers, see: Liberty Ballers
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