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Russell Westbrook isn't on fire. He is fire.
Deron: “We kind of felt like we gave that one away.”
Markel on foul call on Harden: “I can’t explain it. The ref just made a call and I personally don’t agree with it.”
Jarrett Jack on Harden: “He got some of those calls down the stretch that superstar-caliber guys get and they were able to take advantage."
James Harden did quite the sell job on that foul call with 48 seconds left. Jumped on Markel Brown's back and slid off him onto the floor.
Markel on defending Harden:"It was crazy. I guess when you are scared out there it makes you be a little more aware of who you are guarding"
Joe Johnson said he was told to miss the second free throw with 11 seconds left and the Nets down two after he made the first one.
Markel Brown on the controversial call on him vs. Harden: “I can’t explain it… I don’t agree with it."
Four teams (Pacers, Nets, Hornets, Celtics) are currently tied for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Jarrett Jack on if he'd like to have his 3-point attempt back late in the fourth quarter: "Nope."
Lionel Hollins said that he had Brook Lopez in over the final few minutes to try and generate some offense.
The combination of tonight's results means five teams - Nets, Hornets, Pistons, Pacers and Celtics - are within a half-game of eighth place.
This is why I stopped believing in Josh Smith.
That'll be two free throws for Joe Johnson. Very nearly got fouled on a 3-pointer.
Jason Terry revenge free throws.
If only the NBA started their public judging of referees today.
Nobody is better at selling fouls in the NBA than James Harden. It's not even close.
Markel Brown could not have played better defense on James Harden and Harden still scored three points on that possession.
It's like once Brook starts in that motion, there's only one option in his mind. Ball will going up.
If the Nets blow this, Brook Lopez taking an ill-advised contested shot with 24 seconds left on the shot clock looks terrible.
Two bad shots by Jarrett Jack and Brook Lopez in the final three minutes of this game could really come back to haunt the Nets.
Big offensive rebound and put back there by Cory Jefferson.
Alexey Shved drove into those DM’s without a plan
It was and always will be good for the defense when Josh Smith takes a 3-pointer.
No, Josh Smith. Don’t make me believe in you again. Please no. *bricks three-pointer* Ah, that’s better.
Patrick Beverley is like a mosquito at a picnic. Can't get rid of the guy. He's always up on you. Just picked Deron's pocket and game's tied
This Nets-Rockets game is oddly fun.
Markel Brown is playing mouthwatering defense on James Harden right now.
The Rockets mascot just drilled a halfcourt shot while shooting them underhanded with his back facing the basket. Pretty impressive.
Nets up 57-53 at halftime. Plumlee and Brown lead Nets with 11 points each; Terrence Jones has 14 points & Trevor Ariza has 11 for Houston.
Nets up on Rockets 57-53 at the half. Great effort from starters + Thaddeus Young. Joe Johnson on triple-double watch (8-5-5).
Thaddeus Young's trigger is Antawn Jamison-like.
Markel Brown has had a great first half.. Big defense on James Harden and has made smart, quick offensive plays.
Now Rockets take their first lead of the game on an and-one by Patrick Beverly with three minutes to go in the first half.
Game is tied for the first time since the opening tip on a Trevor Ariza 3-pointer. 48-all with 3:18 to go in first half.
Smart cut by Markel Brown. Harden had slipped off to try to help after D-Will-Joe screen set up mismatch for Joe. Easy floater.
Lopez, Jack both with a rough stretch this second quarter.
Ineffective night at the moment for Brook. Once again, it seems like him and Mason can't get going on the same night.
The Nets can't make a substitution properly. First Joe Johnson took out Thaddeus Young incorrectly. Then Young took Johnson out incorrectly.
Game like this really shows Dwight’s impact. Nets have gotten inside at will with him out. Already have 24 points in the paint.
Former Knick Pablo Prigioni checks in and immediately throws an alley-oop pass to Corey Brewer for a layup.
Nets are opening the second quarter with Jack, Brown, Anderson, Young and Lopez.
Nets up 36-25 after one. Plumlee with 11 points, Brown with seven, Johnson, Williams, Anderson with 6. Starting five played whole quarter.
Deron Williams just drove into a ton of contact in the paint and hit a nice floater. Did I see a ghost?
Mason is playing so well that Lionel has yet to go to Brook and there's a minute left in the first quarter. Brook would usually be in by now
Plumlee has 11 first-quarter points. Getting the easy looks at the rim he & this team needs.
Mason has 11 points, 2 boards. Great start for him after looking lost since all-star break.
Also doesn't hurt that Mason Plumlee is having one of his best games in weeks. Already has 10 points in 10 minutes.
Should be clear the Nets are getting a lot of nice looks inside because they're having success getting to the rim.
Confidence just oozing out of Markel, He just stripped The Beard in the backcourt.
Nets off to an excellent start here in Houston. Small lineup is getting them a lot of nice looks inside.
Deron Williams loves that All-Star break rest.
Lionel Hollins giving Markel pointers on what to do defensively with James Harden.
The Nets are up 12-2 on the Rockets.
James Harden just fouled Alan Anderson on a 3, and then high-fived the ref. I’m so confused.
Niagara grad Calvin Murphy is wearing an entertaining outfit tonight
I don’t really get the craziness about who starts and who doesn’t. Lopez is averaging 30 minutes a game these days. That’s what matters.