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The New Jersey Nets were less than a tenth of a second away from a victory Monday night, when Kris Humphries tip-in at the buzzer in overtime was ruled no good. With the shot being waved off, the Nets lost their sixth straight, this one a 104-103 heart-breaker to the Phoenix Suns.
Considering how far they came back in regulation, winning in the final seconds of Deron Williams' Newark debut would have been appropriate. The Nets were down seven with a minute to go in the game, but were powered by the heroics of Anthony Morrow -- nine points in the final 22 seconds -- to force overtime.
New Jersey was up two with nine seconds to go in overtime, when Brook Lopez missed a free throw that would have extended the lead. On the other end of the floor, Channing Frye answered with a three off an in-bounds play to give Phoenix the lead. Williams drove to the basket on the final possession, the ball bounced off the rim where Humphries tipped it in for what would have been the win.
The officials went to the monitor to check if they had made the right call. They upheld the original decision, something Humphries couldn't really argue with.
"I thought it was super-close," Humphries said. "From what I heard, they couldn't tell so they had to go with the ruling on the floor."
Lopez had a game-high 28 points to go with 10 rebounds, Morrow had 22 and Williams contributed his third straight double-double with 13 points and 18 assists.
Nets head coach Avery Johnson got the play he wanted int he final seconds, which almost produced the perfect ending.
"It would have been a storybook ending for Deron's shot to go down for us," Johnson said referencing Williams' first game in front of the home fans.
"His shot rolled out and then Humphries shot went in but just a tenth of a second too late."
As you would expect, the Nets players were disappointed after the game, a feeling the head coach shared.
"They felt real bad, but they don't feel as bad as I do for them, because they really battled tonight."
Shortly after the final buzzer, Morrow found himself being chatted up by minority owner Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce. While it didn't help take the sting of the loss away, the sharp shooter enjoyed being able to talk to the power couple.
"It's great, you know. He's there supporting us and she is too. They're two great entertainers, two great people and we're glad to have them on our side."
Next up for the Nets is a trip across the ocean in search of their first win in the Deron Williams era. They will play two "home" games against the Toronto Raptors on Friday and Saturday.
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Before taking off for a trip to London, the New Jersey Nets will try and pick up their first win of the Deron Williams era Monday night at the Prudential Center in Newark against the Phoenix Suns. It will be the home debut for Williams, who has averaged 14.5 assists over his first two games as a Net.
The Nets have dropped five straight and eight of their last 10, including a 123-108 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. Brook Lopez led the way for New Jersey in defeat with 21 points, seven rebounds and a game-high three blocks. Rookie Ben Uzoh had a career-high 18 in just 22 minutes of action while Williams had his second straight double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
Jordan Farmar left Saturday's game in the first quarter with an ankle injury that will sideline him for 7-10 days. To make sure they have more than rookie Ben Uzoh behind Williams, New Jersey signed PG Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day contract. Gaines backed up Williams for a short time last year in Utah.
The Suns come into Newark winners of their last three games. Monday will be their second game of a back-to-back after Sunday night's 110-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Grant Hill exploded for 34 points against the Pacers, while Marcin Gortat scored 17 off the bench.
Once they wrap up with the Suns in Newark, the Nets take off Tuesday for a trip to London where they will play two "home" games against the Toronto Raptors at the famous O2 Arena.