After a thrilling overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Nets fell back down to Earth Wednesday night. The Nets, for the first time in team history, played three straight overtime games. Ironically, former Nets did the damage in two overtime losses.
Anthony Morrow caught fire in a 109-104 New Orleans Pelicans win over the Nets Monday night. The former Net had struggled throughout the entire game, but he picked up fire in the extra session and knocked down a dagger three-pointer.
The Nets squandered a 22-point lead against the Pelicans.
To finish up the road trip, the Nets received a punch in the mouth. Andrei Kirilenko and Marcus Thornton missed the game due to injury, and Deron Williams needed to fight through cold-like symptoms.
While Williams dazzled with 29 points and seven assists, the Nets had no answers for big man Al Jefferson. Jefferson torched the Nets in the paint, compiling 35 points and 15 rebounds.
Another player from a forgettable Nets’ season provided the drama. With the Nets down three points and the shot clock winding down in overtime, Chris Douglas-Roberts corralled an offensive rebound and hoisted a shot that caught nothing but net with just 10 seconds left to play.
His jumper clinched a 116-111 win and extinguished any realistic shot the Nets had of winning the game.
Douglas-Roberts made a name for himself during the Nets’ disastrous 12-70 2009-10 season. The one-time Net came off the bench to score 16 points and grab five rebounds in the unlikely win.
“Everybody executed, the ball just bounced their way tonight,” head coach Jason Kidd said. “On the road, we put ourselves in a position to win. ... This is a great game for us to learn from.”
The Bobcats split the season series with the Nets.
The Nets fell another game behind the Toronto Raptors, who cruised past the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. The Nets sit 2.5 games back with 12 games left in the regular season. With the Washington Wizards losing, the Nets appear like a safe bet for a top-five seed.