Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez scored 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had three blocks against the Los Angeles Lakers, but is wasn’t enough to get his team a win. The Nets could not make enough plays in the final two minutes and it cost them an important home win against Kobe Bryant’s team.
Lopez was quite candid in the postgame and took responsibility for his teams lackluster finish and loss.
“I just feel like those last 2 1/2 minutes were as bad as I’ve played on the court on both ends all season,” said Lopez, who went 0-for-2 from the field and had two defensive miscues — failing to properly defend a pair of pick-and-rolls — during that stretch.
“I feel like the responsibility is on myself. I made poor decisions offensively, didn’t finish well, and defensively, I didn’t defend the pick-and-roll well. I let Antwan Jamison get to the basket easily. Then let [Earl Clark] get up a pick-and-pop jumper.
“Just dumb plays on my part. Just really bad decisions.”
“I can’t put that on anyone else,” Lopez said. “Like I said, I was very poor at the end of the game.”