Nets Survive Scare in the Valley of the Sun

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For the second straight game on this eight-game road trip, the Nets found themselves in a competitive battle against a Western conference foe. Only this time, the final score was in favor of the Nets. Brooklyn held on to a 102-100 win over the Phoenix Suns, who could have sent the game into overtime if reserve forward Hamed Haddadi had connected on a putback at the end of regulation.

The game was as competitive as it was because of former Syracuse standout Wesley Johnson. Johnson scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and hit 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc. Once again Lopez and Williams accounted for most of the Nets scoring with 21 and 20 points, respectively.  But the unsung hero was Kris Humphries, who scored 10 points off the bench. Though they came out on the winning end, the Nets were infuriating because they played down to the Suns, a team with nothing to play for except pride and positioning in the lottery. Brooklyn was outrebounded, 48-44, and turned the ball over 16 times to Phoenix’s 10. It is games like these that show why the Nets are not elite.


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