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Despite a 13-point lead at home, the Nets were unable to hold it together down the stretch, falling to Utah, 92-90.
Behind five scorers in double figures and a strong second half, the Utah Jazz overcame a 13-point halftime deficit on Tuesday night to hand the Brooklyn Nets their second straight close loss and give the Jazz their 14th win of the season, 92-90.
The Nets were rolling early from the Barclays Center, where they were a comfortable 8-5 before Tuesday, especially in the second quarter, when they outscored the Jazz by nine points. C.J. Watson scored six of his nine points of the night during the period, which saw the Nets score 33 points.
But after that, Jazz point guard Mo Williams, who finished with a team-high 19 points, and Utah took over. Both Marvin Williams and Mo Williams helped the Jazz turn a 13-point deficit into a four-point cushion for the Nets headed into the final quarter.
Joe Johnson, who led the Nets with 21 points, and Kris Humphries, who had a team-high 11 rebounds against the Jazz, could not contain Utah in the fourth quarter, letting power performances out of Marvin Williams, who finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Al Jefferson, who finished with 16 and 11, get the best of them.