Jason Kidd went from throwing drinks on the court to throwing in the towel.

After a truly dreadful first half against the Rockets on Friday night, the Nets coach responded by sitting four of his five starters — Shaun Livingston, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Andray Blatche — for the entire second half during a 114-95 obliteration at Toyota Center.

“I had to go with the guys that were playing hard,” Kidd said, “and those were the guys, and they played for the whole second half.”

The Nets (4-12), losers of 10 of their last 12 games, head to Memphis on Saturday night for the final game of what has been a horrible opening month of the season.

There has been no half worse in this terrible start, however, than the opening 24 minutes Friday, when the Nets — other than Brook Lopez — looked as if they were still asleep from their Thanksgiving dinners the day before while digging themselves a 66-40 halftime deficit.

Livingston, Johnson, Pierce and Blatche were a combined 3-for-23 from the floor in the first half. All contributed to what could only be described as a lackadaisical defensive effort from the Nets, who already came into the game as the league’s worst defensive team, but seemed hell-bent on making their defensive numbers so bad, no team in the league will be able to catch them — to the point Kidd told most of his starters to take a seat.

“I announced who was starting at halftime,” Kidd said, “and I said, ‘We’ll see how it goes from there.’ ”
How it went was Tyshawn Taylor, Alan Anderson, Tornike Shengelia, Mirza Teletovic and Lopez starting the second half, and only Mason Plumlee and Reggie Evans coming off the bench at any point during the final 24 minutes.