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News » Again, Nets look wrong at home


Again, Nets look wrong at home


Again, Nets look wrong at home
Bulls 100

Nets 87

The crowd was large and enthusiastic, the opponent hadn't won in New Jersey since 2001, was coming off a seven-game road losing streak and was playing without two injured starters, and the home team was finally showing signs that it was intent upon quieting the talk that it cannot win games in its own arena.

Everything was there for the Nets to finally shatter their baffling home hex, and deep into the fourth quarter, behind a determined Vince Carter, it appeared they would do just that. But in the final 4 minutes of another downer in East Rutherford something bad happened, and all the bad karma that has infiltrated the Nets' psyche at home came flooding back.

Despite a holiday season audience of 18,786 that filled the normally quiet arena with noise and electricity for the first 43 minutes, the Nets still lost, 100-87, to the shorthanded Bulls. Chicago blew an 86-86 tie wide open with a 14-0 run as the Nets missed their final eight field-goal attempts in the final 4:35 of the game. They fell to a staggering 5-12 at home as they continue on course to become one of the most confounding teams in NBA history - a group that thrives on the road and stagnates at home.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Nets are the first team in history to be more than five games over .500 on the road (10-4) and more than five games under .500 at home at any point in the season.

"It seemed this would stop the home woes," Jarvis Hayes said. "This was a team we thought if we played the right way, with the right mind-set, we could get a victory. And for the most part we had the right mind-set; played tough, had a really good third quarter. And then the last 4 minutes of the fourth was just ... deflating."

Carter tried his best to stop the home slump, scoring 31 points, and Devin Harris added 26, although on 8-for-20 shooting. While the Bulls played without the injured Luol Deng and Drew Gooden, rookie point guard Derrick Rose scored 21 points and handed out a season-high 13 assists. Ben Gordon scored 24 points and shot 5-for-8 from the 3-point line, and Andres Nocioni scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to spark the visitors and leave the Nets again without answers in their own building.

"Guys are still enthusiastic," Harris said. "We have a better record on the road. We still got a lot of time to figure it out."

After an impressive third quarter in which the Nets finished off a comeback from a 14-point deficit to outscore the Bulls 23-16 and take a 72-70 lead into the fourth, they gave it all back in the final frame.

The Bulls beat them up to the tune of 30-15 in the final 12 minutes, mostly thanks to their pick-and-roll plays with Rose, Nocioni and Gordon.

The Nets tied the game 86-86 on a Josh Boone dunk with 4:35 to play and things seemed to be going well, especially as he drew the foul on Nocioni.

The first sign of imminent doom came when Boone missed the free throw, and the Nets didn't score another point until Carter hit a meaningless free throw with 15.9 seconds left (after missing the first) to end Chicago's 14-0 run in which the Nets missed all eight of their field-goal attempts and three free throws.

When Harris turned the ball over at the top of the key with 43.9 seconds to go the Nets heard boos, a sullen reminder of their almost inexplicable record at Izod Center.

"We wish we were giving our fans a better performance and wish they were seeing some of things we're doing on the road," coach Lawrence Frank said before the game.

"Hopefully if we can continue to have good habits it will carry over and we'll give these guys their money's worth."

When it was all over Frank pointed to the X's and O's rather than a lack of conviction or hustle, or even some cosmic interference that has cast their record in reverse of the league norm.

"I don't think it was a lack of effort," Frank said. "I'm disappointed in the way we handled their high pick and roll and I'm disappointed we couldn't score more than 15 points. But I don't think it was a lack of effort or energy or spirit. I just think they were better tonight than we were."

David Waldstein may be reached at dwaldstein@starledger.com


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

 

 
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