NBA: Lionel Hollins laments late Brooklyn slump

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Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins has called for his side to avoid a repeat of the disastrous performance they put in during the fourth quarter of their Boxing Day defeat to Washington Wizards.

The Nets went into the final 12 minutes of the clash at the Barclays Center trailing by just two points, with the 79-77 scoreline leaving the match delicately poised heading into the final quarter.

Any hopes of a victory for the hosts were soon extinguished, as they were eventually defeated 111-96, and Hollins was left frustrated by his side’s lack of focus and concentration during the closing stages of the contest.

He said: “We were in the game, it was a game for us to win, and we just didn’t execute and we just didn’t do what we were supposed to do defensively.”

The 62-year-old watched on as his side conceded nine turnovers during the final quarter and only converted two of nine free-throw opportunities.

He added: “That was the game. The enemy was us, and we just have to be better.”

The Nets are currently second from bottom of the Eastern Conference, with only eight wins from their 30 matches this campaign, and they will be looking to improve on that record when they travel to the American Airlines Arena to take on Miami Heat on Tuesday.

Hollins’ team are outsiders at 4.75 to win the match, whilst the Heat are on offer at 1.18.

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