The Brooklyn Nets came into Tuesday night’s game averaging 97.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting since interim coach P.J. Carlesimo took over for Avery Johnson.
But those very respectable numbers are going to decrease after they shot just 34.8 percent and had 16 turnovers in a 92-83 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center.
“When we got good shots, we weren’t able to finish,” Carlesimo said. “Our spacing was a was a major problem.”
The Nets held a 24-18 lead after the first quarter, but were outscored 31-16 in the second as the Lakers took a 49-40 lead into the locker room. During the quarter, the Nets shot 26.1 percent, went 1-for-7 from 3-point range and had five turnovers.
At one point -- spanning from late in the first to the middle of the second -- they missed 12 straight shots, many of the misses coming when Los Angeles had its second unit -- which featured the likes of Chris Duhon and Robert Sacre -- on the court.
The Nets were held under 40 percent shooting for just the sixth time this season. No surprise, they are 1-5 in such games. Their backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson combined to go just 9-for-28 from the field.
Williams, who scored just four points after an 11-point outburst in the first, said he and Johnson needed to be “more aggressive” in the second half.
They weren’t. Had they been, maybe the outcome would’ve been different.