Nets go down meekly to Magic in 105-82 loss

By on December 15, 2015

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 12:59 AM

The force never awakened for the Nets on Monday.

On “Star Wars Night” at Barclays Center, the Orlando Magic beat the Nets, 105-82, in a game that began with Jedi fanfare and ended with a chorus of boos.

“We should be embarrassed,” said guard Jarrett Jack, who led the Nets with 15 points and added seven rebounds. “Individually, collectively, I think we put in a lot of work, too much work to come out with a showing like that.”

On a night when fans received Brook Lopez Jedi bobblehead dolls — featuring a lightsaber-wielding Lopez in a Jedi robe — the real Lopez was just 4 for 15 from the field, scoring just 11 points in 32 minutes.

“I definitely take responsibility for this one,” Lopez said in a gloomy Nets locker room after shooting 4-for-15 and scoring 11 points. “I felt like I was a complete negative for our team, I let us down, pulled us back. I definitely need to be better and know I can be.”

The Nets fell to 7-17 and are now 6-6 at home, where the announced attendance Monday was 12,946.

Channing Frye attempts to drive past Andrea Bargnani.Frank Franklin II/AP

Channing Frye attempts to drive past Andrea Bargnani.

The game featured “Star Wars” sound effects in the arena, like Chewbacca’s bleats on air balls and missed layups, and cameos from costumed characters from the new film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opens Thursday.

The Magic (13-11), which shot 54%, was led by center Nikola Vucevic’s 18 points. Orlando established what  coach Scott Skiles called a “good offensive rhythm” that evolved into a 53-37 second-half score.

“We found each other and people tend to relax then and the ball goes in more,” Skiles said.

Nets forward Joe Johnson said his team had lacked movement on defense.

“We weren’t helping each other defensively and taking our matchups personally,” said Johnson. “There started to be a lot of easy drives down the lane. We just shot ourselves in the foot.”

Aaron Gordon (l.) loses balance, and possession, under pressure from Thaddeus Young.Elsa/Getty Images

Aaron Gordon (l.) loses balance, and possession, under pressure from Thaddeus Young.

Asked about expectations for the team, Johnson said he didn’t know what to expect heading into the season. General manager Billy King spoke last week about making some trades in the short term.

“I don’t really know what the expectations were,” he said. “I honestly didn’t know. It’s the unknown. I didn’t know. I didn’t know how good we would be, I didn’t know how we would be as a team. I didn’t know. So I just came and done what I was asked to do, just trying to help out.”

Brooklyn will host the Miami Heat on Wednesday before traveling to Indiana to face the Pacers on Friday night.


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