With the score tied at 72-72, Williams drove the lane in an isolation set, but was blocked by Tony Allen with 26 seconds left. The Nets wanted a foul but didn’t get one. D-Will seemed to tweak his left leg on the play and was limping as he headed back down the court.
Allen was fouled at the other end and snapped the tie with a pair of free throws with 19.5 seconds remaining. Williams then drove the lane, but his pass to Mirza Teletovic was intercepted by Tayshaun Prince allowing Memphis to prevail.
Williams ended up scoring eight of his 24 points in the final period. He had been shooting 30.7 percent in the fourth quarter coming in. Williams finished 9-for-15 from the field after hitting six of his first seven shots.
The Nets (33-24) dropped to 0-2 without Joe Johnson (sore left heel) and 15-22 against .500-or-better opponents. They have not beaten a Southeast Division opponent at home since Feb. 9, 2011.
The Nets were held to a season-low 72 points and shot just 37.7 percent from the field.
BROOK-LYN: Coming off a 27-point performance on Friday night against Houston, Brook Lopez struggled, going just 3-for-10 from the field and scoring nine points. Lopez did not play in the fourth quarter for essentially the third time since the All-Star break.
GLASSMAN: Reggie Evans, who was annoyed that the Grizzlies kept their starters in his team’s 24-point loss to Memphis on Jan. 25, had 14 rebounds.
THIRD IS THE UGLY WORD: The Nets scored just 13 points in the third quarter on 5-for-18 shooting. Granted, they held the Grizzlies to just 12 and trailed 55-51 going into the fourth.
SECOND IS THE WORST: The Nets were outscored 27-19 in the second quarter and trailed 43-38 at the half. D-Will and Brooks combined for 20 points. Lopez went just 1-for-5.
START IT UP: The Nets shot just 38.1 percent and had seven turnovers, but they led 19-16 after the first quarter after closing the period on a 15-2 run. D-Will had 10 points, while Lopez went 0-for-3. They did outrebound the Grizzlies, 27-16.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Mikhail Prokhorov
UP NEXT: Nets at Hornets on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET.