For the Brooklyn Nets, the opening 24 minutes of their seven-game road trip went exceedingly well, perhaps even better than anticipated. It was the final 24 minutes that led to a disappointing loss in Oklahoma City.
Three nights after opening their season-long road trip by collapsing in the second half, the Nets hope to rebound Saturday night when they visit the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
The Nets (36-34) head to Utah after sustaining a 108-96 loss at Oklahoma City in a game where they scored the first nine points and led by 17 with five minutes left in the second quarter. In the second half, the Nets were outscored 66-44 (30-10 in the paint), shot 35 percent and committed nine turnovers.
The collapse in Oklahoma City snapped a four-game winning streak and occurred two nights after a dominating 103-75 home rout of the Detroit Pistons.
"Handling physicality is our next step," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said. "It's a good lesson for this road trip, being able to handle the physicality of when a team really turns it up like that."
"This is definitely something where a young group has to continue to learn and go through because the playoffs are going to be similar to this, and we have to keep growing and getting better," Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie added.
Dinwiddie scored 25 points Wednesday and is averaging 19.4 points in seven games since returning from a right thumb injury. >> Read more
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