National Basketball Association
Brooklyn 102, Phoenix 100
When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 24, 2013
Where: US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
#34 Kevin Cutler, #13 Monty McCutchen, #59 Gary Zielinski
Nets 102, Suns 100:
Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Deron Williams had 20 points and 11 assists as visiting Brooklyn handed Phoenix its seventh loss in eight games.
Kris Humphries added a season-best 17 points and C.J. Watson scored 14 points as the Nets pulled within two games of third-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Goran Dragic had a season-high 31 points and recorded 12 assists and Wesley Johnson scored a season-best 21 points for the Suns. Dragic intentionally missed a free throw with three seconds left and Hamed Haddadi grabbed the rebound but missed his last-second tying attempt.
Williams drained a 3-pointer with 5:07 left in the contest to give Brooklyn a 90-87 lead and the Nets never trailed again. Phoenix cut its deficit to 100-99 on Dragic’s basket with 6.8 seconds left and Watson hit two free throws with 6.3 seconds remaining before the concluding sequence.
Lopez and Humphries scored 12 points apiece as the Nets took a 55-43 halftime lead. The advantage was still 12 midway through the third quarter before Phoenix finished with a flourish and took a 76-75 lead on Johnson’s 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the stanza.
Nets G Joe Johnson missed the game due to a quadriceps injury suffered against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. … Suns F Markieff Morris grabbed 15 rebounds, including nine of Phoenix’s 25 offensive boards. … Brooklyn is 3-1 on its season-long eight-game road trip.
Top Game Performances
Brook Lopez 21
Goran Dragic 31
Deron Williams 11
Goran Dragic 12
Reggie Evans 10
Markieff Morris 15
Brook Lopez 9
||Free Throws Made
Goran Dragic 10
Deron Williams 2
Wesley Johnson 2
Reggie Evans 2
Hamed Haddadi 4
Team Stats Summary
Phoenix will play their next game on the road against Utah. The Suns have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .319 after a loss.
Brooklyn will play their next game on the road against Portland. The Nets have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .567 after a loss.