WHAT IT MEANS: Two career trips to Utah for Deron Williams as a Net. Two losses against his former team.
Williams played well on Saturday night, scoring 21 points and dishing out 11 assists, but Brooklyn fell to the Jazz 116-107 at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Nets (42-31) had 17 turnovers, allowed the Jazz to shoot 55.6 percent from the field and fell to 16-27 against .500-or-better teams. They’ll return home briefly before wrapping up their eight-game circus road trip (4-3) four days from now.
D-Will’s former coach, Jerry Sloan, was in attendance. Interesting, since many believe it was Williams who was ultimately responsible for Sloan’s resignation in February 2011. D-Will was dealt to the Nets two weeks later. Williams was booed throughout this one.
The Nets are now five games behind the New York Knicks in the loss column with nine games remaining. It doesn’t look like they’re going to be able to win the Atlantic Division title at this juncture.
THIRD ISN'T THE WORD: The Nets held a 54-52 lead at halftime, but lost it, as they’ve done all too often this season, in the third quarter. Randy Foye (26 points, 8-for-9 shooting from 3-point range) went 5-for-6 from 3-point range in the period, and the Jazz surged ahead thanks to a 16-2 run. In all, the Nets were outscored 31-20 in the third and trailed by nine heading into the fourth.
SIZZLING START: The two teams combined to hit 20 of their first 25 shots. The Nets shot 61.1 percent in the first quarter but allowed the Jazz to connect on 68.2 percent of their attempts. Six turnovers also hurt Brooklyn, which trailed Utah 33-28 after one.
ADDED HELP: According to reports, the Nets are going to call up Kris Joseph from their NBDL affiliate in Springfield, Mass., sometime next week.
UP NEXT: Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday night at 7:30.