Despite a roster overhaul, new arena, new address and recent change in coach, the Nets closed 2012 much as they began it: looking hapless and lost, this time in a blowout to the Spurs.
Since Coach Gregg Popovich gave his three stars a game off, resulting in a $250,000 fine, they have led the San Antonio Spurs to 12 wins in 16 games.
Best friends Edward Nelson and Jurrel Diaz, teenagers from Carroll Gardens, celebrated Nelson’s 16th birthday at Barclays Center.
Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook returned from a cut above his eye to finish with 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 114-96 on Monday night.
Tony Parker had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs held the Brooklyn Nets to only five points in the third quarter en route to a 104-73 win Monday night.
James Harden had 28 points and the Houston Rockets rebounded from their worst loss of the season with a 123-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
LeBron James had 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Chris Bosh scored 22 points to help the Miami Heat slip past the Orlando Magic 112-110 in overtime Monday.
A furious fourth quarter from the Indiana Pacers sparked an 88-83 comeback win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire both practiced Monday, although neither is a lock to start on Tuesday against the Trail Blazers.
The Knicks remain hopeful they might get some combination of forwards Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace back for the New Year’s Day. Or they might get none of them back, which still appears to be the more likely scenario.