A lackluster effort by the Nets in Portland Wednesday night resulted in one of their worst defeats in franchise history.
Trailblazers reserve guard Will Barton scored a season-high 20 points and snagged 11 rebounds during Portland’s 124-80 whipping of Brooklyn.
The lone bright spot in the blowout loss for the Nets was Deron Williams’ 12 points, which led the team. Otherwise, it was a rough night from start to finish for visiting Brooklyn, as the Blazers dominated the Nets without their top scorer and rebounder, LaMarcus Aldridge, who sat out with a groin injury.
Portland started the game on an 11-2 run before Brooklyn scored the next ten points to make it a close contest late in the first quarter. But the Blazers answered with another run of 12-2 that put them ahead for the rest of the contest.
The Nets never made a game of it as Portland pushed the lead to as many as 34 points in the second half, and Barton was a key factor in providing most of the damage.
“We got a big win tonight,” Barton said afterwards. “We had a lot of guys down with injuries so this win was huge for us.”
As for the Nets, they were at a loss for words after the final buzzer sounded.
“Our energy was not there,” Nets head coach Jason Kidd said. “On the offensive end, we missed shots and we kind of felt sorry for ourselves – which carried over to the defensive end, and we didn’t make any stops.”
Nets guard Shaun Livingston returned to the lineup after sitting out a few games due to injury, but not even his presence could fuel the Nets fire on what was clearly an “off-night” for Brooklyn.
“That was an ugly night, basically,” Livingston said.
The Nets final tally was the fewest point total for the season. They’ll have to regroup quickly as their long road trip continues tonight in Denver against the Nuggets before wrapping up the slate on Saturday in Milwaukee.