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While he said it would be an uphill battle, Deron Williams thought the New
Jersey Nets had an outside shot at making the playoffs this season after being
traded last week by the Utah Jazz.

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Almost a week later, those thoughts are long gone.

Last night the Nets (17-43) lost their third straight game since Williams’
arrival and their sixth contest in a row after a heartbreaking 104-103 overtime
defeat to the Phoenix Suns (31-27) at the Prudential Center in Jersey.

Williams showed his brilliance in his home debut with 13 points and 18 dimes,
center Brook Lopez (28 points and 10 boards) outplayed his brother Robin (14
points and 4 boards), and forward Kris Humphries added 16 points and 15 rebounds
for the Nets.

But it wasn’t enough as Channing Frye buried a 3-pointer with seven seconds
remaining in overtime to cement the Suns’ victory. Stopping Steve Nash was also
a problem for New Jersey on Monday night. Nash scored 10 points and dished out
15 assists in Phoenix’s win.

Here are the rest of last night’s NBA scores with each squad’s top performers.

Chicago 105, Washington 77.
Chicago: Derrick Rose, 21 points, 9 assists and 3 steals.
Washington: Andray Blatche, 15 points and 11 assists.

Denver 100, Atlanta 90.
Denver: J.R. Smith, 19 points and 7 rebounds.
Atlanta: Al Horford, 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Boston 107, Utah 102.
Boston: Ray Allen, 25 points (five 3-pointers)
Utah: Al Jefferson, 28 points and 19 rebounds.

Sacramento 105, L.A. Clippers 90.
Sacramento: Marcus Thornton, 29 points.
Clippers: Blake Griffin, 27 points and 12 rebounds.

Dwayne C. Nelson is an arts & entertainment and sports blogger whose content is
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