Nets vs. Suns: Hard Play Not Enough As New Jersey Falls Apart Down The Stretch

January 12th, 2011 by Ryan Comstock Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Nets left nothing to be desired in terms of effort in their Wednesday night game against the Phoenix Suns. The result is where the problem is.

New Jersey battled through an 118-109 overtime loss, a final score that isn't so bad considering that the Suns would be considered by most to be the superior team.

It's the way it went down that stings.

With just under 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Nets held a 90-75 lead before being outscored 28-13 throughout the rest of regulation and then 15-6 in overtime.

Through the first three quarters of the game, the Nets had only six turnovers, but wound up with a total of 16 after getting sloppy in the fourth.

They also were unable to get their shots to fall after third, going 8-of-22 (36 percent) in the fourth quarter and overtime after connecting at a rate of 52 percent through three quarters.

While it was nice to see the Nets competitive in a game, losing after having such a big, late lead is disheartening.

It's better than losing by 20-plus points as the team did in its last two contests, but these guys need to find a way to finish a ...

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