Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on late...

Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on late in a game against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Few likely figured public-address announcer Dave Diamante would still need to dive into his usual route on this night, grabbing the microphone and standing up at his spot at the scorer's table while imploring the sellout crowd to rise and inject some energy into the home team.

No Dwyane Wade. No Luol Deng. Not even a Josh McRoberts sighting. The Heat was riding a three-game losing streak. It all sounded like the perfect scenario for the Nets.

That's what makes Monday night's 95-83 loss to the Heat at Barclays Center all the more numbing. Instead of snapping their own three-game losing streak and feeling good about themselves leading into Wednesday's meeting with Jason Kidd's Bucks, a frustrating stretch that began on the West Coast last week continues and the Nets are left still searching for answers, unable to break out of their funk.

"It's disappointing when you're at home and you don't play with good energy for 48 minutes, you don't scrap for 48 minutes," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. "It's disappointing no matter where you do it. It's disappointing on the road -- we didn't do it for 38 minutes -- but there's no reason to do it at home."

The Nets (4-6) just didn't have it on either side of the ball, wasting Bojan Bogdanovic's career-high matching 22 points. An ineffective Brook Lopez was rendered to mostly observer status during crunchtime yet again and Deron Williams struggled, shooting 4-for-13. Williams had 14 points and seven assists on a night the Nets thought they could right themselves.

"Definitely," he said. "Anytime you lose three in a row and you come back home off a road trip, you want to get one. You want to get one for your confidence and we weren't able to do that tonight. But the beautiful thing about the NBA is we have another one on Wednesday."

Against the guy who was roaming their sidelines last year, the guy whose jersey still hangs in the arena's rafters. "We just need a win, man," Williams said. "It doesn't matter who it's against. We need a win. We need to stop the bleeding and it just happens to be against him."

Even with the 6-9 Shawne Williams defending him, Lopez had five points and only one rebound in 21:37. The 7-footer spent the better part of the second half glued to the bench. He took a seat at the 6:02 mark of the third quarter, and didn't check back in until 6:56 left in the game. He immediately made a defensive gaffe, letting Udonis Haslem slip open on a screen before nailing a jumper for an 82-74 edge. After getting yanked following a brief stint, Lopez re-entered with 1:58 left and was late rotating to Chris Bosh, who handed Miami (6-5) a 91-80 edge.

"You have to stay positive," he said. "I am all for the team. I have always been, so if that's the way it is going to go and that is the best look, so be it. I am going to be out there cheering on my guys and supporting them."

Hollins said of Lopez's outing, "I don't want to talk about Brook right now . . . I just don't want to go there right now. It's not a good time for me."

Same goes for Lopez, although his teammates remain confident in his ability.

"He's fine," Williams said. "Coach is a pretty straight shooter. He understands and Brook, he's a resilient guy. He tends to not let things bother him too much. I'll definitely talk to him, but he'll be fine."

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