During this 1-11 stretch that has demolished the Suns' season, they only had led at halftime twice before Friday night and never by as much as how they started the latest one since the ugly began.
With a 53-46 lead, the Suns made the short walk from the Barclays Center floor to their locker room with no celebration for what they had just done. They have blown too many leads and collapsed in too many second halves this season to not recognize or fear what could happen.
They talked about maintaining focus. The veterans implored their teammates to not change what they had done but do it better.
"Then somebody pushed the stop button and we stopped playing," Suns point guard Goran Dragic said.
The Suns were trailing within four minutes and were on their way to a 26-point second half, missing a franchise record low by one point. A game the Suns led by 10 wound up being the Nets' 99-79 win and the Suns' 12th consecutive road loss, the fourth longest single-season streak in franchise history.
The closest thing the Suns had to a hero was 13th man Luke Zeller, who made a 21-foot jump shot with 31.1 seconds to play. Without it, the Suns would have posted the worst scoring half in 45 seasons of Suns basketball and tied the record for least field goals made in a half.
Phoenix Suns fall in rout at Brooklyn Nets, lose 5th straight
Arizona Republic | Jan 12