Nets Fall to Miami Heat in Mexico City

Miami Heat's Josh Richardson, left, drives with the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, against Miami Heat, in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

The Brooklyn Nets wrapped their short trip outside of the United States with another game at the Mexico City Arena on Saturday, December 9. The Nets were victorious in their first game in the Mexican capital against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they were not so lucky in their second game. A close game was decided in the final 12 minutes with the Nets falling to the Miami Heat by the score of 101-89.

Brooklyn was once again force to play shorthanded as they are still waiting on Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas to join the team after being traded from the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this week. The undermanned Nets came out strong against the Heat. Hasan Whiteside’s knee injury allowed the Nets to drive the hoop without the threat of getting their shot blocked. These easier points in the paint helped Brooklyn secure a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Nets kept up their solid offensive attack in the second quarter. The entire starting lineup provide solid contributions to the offense, which helped them take a three-point lead to the locker room at the end of the second quarter. While the Nets were still able to score rather easily in the paint, the turnovers started to rack up in the second half. This carelessness with the basketball helped the Miami Heat mount a quick comeback. The Heat were leading the game by three points by the end of the third quarter.

The lack of depth started to take a toll on Kenny Atkinson’s team in the final quarter. The combination of missed shots and careless turnovers gave the Nets no chance to mount a comeback. Brooklyn was outscored by Miami by nine points in the final quarter on their way to a 12-point loss. The Nets had a great chance to have an excellent trip to Mexico, but they will not have a disappoint plane ride back to the United States.

Thursday’s loss now gives Brooklyn a 10-15 record through their first 25 games. The team will not get much rest after their short trip out of the country. They will return to action on Tuesday, December 12, when they host the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. The newly acquired players from Philadelphia should join the team in Brooklyn, so the team will not have to worry about playing another game severely shorthanded.