The Nets dropped their third-straight game yesterday, falling to the Jazz at Barclays Center, 95-88.
After trailing the entire fourth quarter, a Brook Lopez dunk pulled them within one point with 5:22 left to play, but the Jazz went on a 10-0 run to put the game away.
Lopez, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds, led the way for the Nets with his second consecutive double-double.
Brooklyn was unable to stop Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, who scored a game-high 24 points. Oddly enough, he scored 24 points in the teams' first meeting back in January, another Jazz victory.
Former Nets draft pick Derrick Favors, originally drafted by the team with the third overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, chipped in 22 points and grabbed 8 boards for Utah.
He was part of the package that landed the Nets point guard Deron Williams, although Williams wasn't much of a factor last night. His 30 minutes weren't very fruitful, only producing six points on 2-5 shooting.
With the loss, Brooklyn fell a season-worst 11 games under-.500. Still, in the weak Eastern Conference, there is always hope that they can sneak in the back end. Just one or two good weeks of play will allow them to pick up the ground they need to pop in the back door and secure a first-round date with the Hawks or Cavs.
The Nets now trail the eighth-seeded Heat by 2.5 games, and will look to inch closer to a playoff spot tomorrow night at home against the Pelicans.