Nets Edge The Suns, 94-91

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets had a rough road to start, though they knew their schedule would have them largely home for the holidays.So far, they are taking advantage of it.Brook Lopez scored 23 points and the Nets beat the Phoenix Suns 94-91 on Dec. 1 for their fourth straight home victory.Brooklyn started 0-7 with a road-heavy November. The Nets have played just seven home games, but will play a combined 20 times here in December and January, most in the NBA.“We started off I think every single weekend on the road somewhere,” guard Shane Larkin said.They won two in a row here — their first consecutive victories all season — and after a short trip to face the Knicks on Dec. 4, open a six-game homestand Dec. 6 against Golden State as part of a steady diet of home games.“Win a bunch of those games, just keep playing hard, take it one game at a time and just see what we can do,” Larkin added.Larkin and fellow reserve Wayne Ellington each had 11 points and both made a basket in the decisive flurry. Jarrett Jack also scored 11 and added eight assists.“We’re just starting to put some things together,” Jack said.Brandon Knight scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe had 17 for the Suns, who had a long dry spell from the field in the fourth quarter after leading by nine earlier in the period. They botched their final possession trailing by three with 4 seconds remaining.The Suns fell to 1-1 on their six-game road trip.“We gave up I think a nine- or 10-point lead,” Knight said. “We were up in the third, second half. We just stopped getting stops and they executed down the stretch, got the stops they wanted and they played better to close the game.”Larkin broke an 85-all tie with a drive to the basket with 4:08 left, Ellington added a layup in transition and Lopez made a free throw for a 90-85 advantage.Alex Len missed from close range with the Suns down three, and after they got the ball back a final time, they couldn’t even get a shot off after inbounding in the frontcourt.The Nets led by 11 at halftime before Knight led the Suns on a 16-2 spurt in the third that gave them a 62-56 advantage. Bledsoe beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to send Phoenix to the fourth leading 73-70.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img

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