The Nets (4-12) lost to the Houston Rockets (12-5) Friday by a score of 114-95.
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Tyshawn Taylor put up 16 points and 12 assists in 36 minutes, a game-high and career-high in minutes for the 23-year old backup point guard.
It was the first double-double of Taylor’s NBA career, and the 12 assists were a career-high.
Houston’s three-point shooting was on fire, as the Nets allowed a franchise-record 19 made three-pointers. The Rockets shot 59.4% (19-of-32) from deep, including 61.1% on 11-of-18 shooting from behind the arc in the first half.
Brook Lopez played well, with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting with two blocks and a rebound in his return to the court. He held Dwight Howard to just 2-of-7 shooting in the first half, and was the only starter to play after halftime.
Jon Presser, ContributorWith the Nets looking lifeless in their third game in four nights, Kidd went with a second-half lineup of Taylor, Alan Anderson, Toko Shengelia, Mirza Teletovic and Lopez to start the second half. Midway through the third, Lopez hit his minutes limit and Kidd left the rest of the game in the hands of his reserves. Taylor, Teletovic, Shengelia and Mason Plumlee all played a career-high in minutes.
Teletovic had a rough start to his shooting night, as he started 0-of-6 including 0-of-3 from deep out of the gate. However, he rebounded literally and figuratively to finish with a career-high 13 rebounds and a team-high 18 points in 32 minutes of action.
Kidd cited the fatigue from playing so many games in a short time frame as the reason he sent his starters to an early shower. At the same time, it also felt like a message being sent to the Nets bench: anybody playing hard and executing well can earn more minutes in the future when the team is back at full strength.
The Nets will be back in action Saturday with their fourth game in five nights, when they face the Memphis Grizzles in Memphis. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm ET.