Dec. 3, arguably the lowest point of the Nets' season, the joke was all on Brooklyn. The Nuggets rolled into town, partied the night before and then held the after party at the Barclays Center in a 24-point romp over a helpless Nets team.
The Brooklyn coach, Jason Kidd, was booed that day. The Brooklyn team was booed that day. The Nuggets? All smiles.
Not so much Thursday night.
Thursday was payback time. Just as the Nuggets took advantage of the Nets in early December, Brooklyn did the same in a 112-89 blowout of Denver at the Pepsi Center. Maybe this stung the Nuggets more than the first meeting did the Nets. Who knows?
But bad is bad, and the Nuggets were busy setting new lows. They scored only eight points in the first quarter. Only 36 points in the first half. Both were season lows. National television has been a searing hot light that has left the Nuggets with massive burns the past two weeks. First, in Chicago. Now, at home against Brooklyn.
From the start, there was very little redeemable value in this one. The Nuggets shot 3-for-18 from the field in the first quarter, were down by 20 seemingly immediately and the Nets, who lost by 44 points the previous night in Portland, won with ease.
While the Nets grinned throughout this game, the Nuggets could only keep stone faces.
In their Dec. 3 win, the Nuggets started Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson. Thursday, that turned into Aaron Brooks, Foye, Evan Fournier, Faried and Timofey Mozgov. The Nets? They went from Tyshawn Taylor, Joe Johnson, Alan Anderson, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez back in December to Deron Williams, Shaun Livingston, Johnson, Paul Pierce and Garnett.
And the veterans hammered the kids.
Pierce led the Nets with 18 points, 11 of which were scored in the third quarter.
The Nuggets, who shot 37.5 percent for the game, have lost three straight, all on this homestand. They have dropped under .500 at home, now 14-15. Their game at Portland on Saturday night will be a brief respite before getting back for three more at home next week.
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