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Nets can't hold 15-point lead, fall to Suns in OT

Joe Johnson, right, and Alan Anderson of the

Joe Johnson, right, and Alan Anderson of the Brooklyn Nets walk to the bench during a timeout in an NBA game at Barclays Center on Friday, March 6, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Jarrett Jack pulled up from about 20 feet away, hoping he was about to knock this one down just as he did earlier in the week, when his jumper sank the Warriors.

A 15-point lead over the Suns had vanished, courtesy of the Nets scoring one point in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter, and the crowd was mostly on its feet, anticipating the closing moments of a game that suddenly had turned frantic.

So when Jack's shot caromed off the rim, signaling overtime and forcing the Nets to play at least five more minutes of action, they let out a groan.

In a season filled with countless numbing defeats, this one was right at the top, a game the Nets might look back in bewilderment weeks from now if they're sitting at home rather than playing in the postseason.

The Nets went ahead 91-76 with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter but were outscored 16-1 in the remainder of the quarter, and when the Suns' Brandon Knight hit a crazy scoop shot with 17.5 seconds left in overtime, it sealed the Nets' fate in a 108-100 loss at Barclays Center.

Brook Lopez posted 19 points and 13 rebounds and rookie Cory Jefferson had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets (25-35) despite not seeing the court until 4:59 remained in the third quarter.

Markieff Morris had 19 points and five rebounds before fouling out in overtime and twin brother Marcus Morris had 19 points and seven rebounds for Phoenix (32-31), which missed its first 21 three-pointers before P.J Tucker knocked one down midway through the fourth quarter.

In dire need of a spark, the Nets' sluggish offense finally kicked into gear in the third quarter, and no one was hotter than Bojan Bogdanovic. He nailed three straight three-pointers during a 25-7 run that transformed a 62-55 deficit into an 80-69 cushion at the start of the fourth.

Notes & quotes: Former St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca, who coached the Nets from 1970-73, was honored during a break in the second quarter. He was presented a No. 90 jersey by general manager Billy King, a gesture celebrating his recent 90th birthday.

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