The New Jersey Nets fell to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City Wednesday night, 98-88.
Similar to their game against the Orlando Magic last week before heading off to the West Coast, the Nets actually played well but couldn't quite put it all together against a better team. Here are the three good stats to take away from the Nets tough loss.
1. 57 Rebounds
The Nets have had trouble on the glass most of the season, but seem to be slowly coming around. For the second game in a row, New Jersey won the battle of the boards, this time 57-44. Unlike Monday night's win over the Clippers, the Nets were also better on the offensive glass with a 16-9 advantage.
One of the biggest reasons New Jersey had so many opportunities for so many offensive rebounds was their poor shooting from the floor. Unfortunately they couldn't use enough of those second and third chances on possessions to turn the game around.
2. 24 Points, 7 Rebounds, 2 Steals
It would seem that Anthony Morrow and Travis Outlaw are alternating good games as they can't both put together solid performances on the same night. Wednesday night was Morrow's turn as he was the only Nets player to put up more than six shots at better than a 50% clip (8-16)
The most promising thing about this stat line is that Morrow did more than shoot threes. In fact, his 2 of 8 from behind the arc was the weakest part of his game against the Jazz. His aggressiveness shooting the ball and rebounding is something he needs to bring every night.
3. 8 Assists, 1 Turnover
Devin Harris was also showing off his aggressiveness Wednesday night, getting to the line a team-high nine times, but it was his role of facilitator that he played with extra care. Harris was the only Nets player setting up his teammates for easy looks and didn't take many chances which helped him tie his lowest turnover total of the season.