Nets’ defensive woes continue in loss to Wizards

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NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving’s pull-up 3-pointer in the final seconds of the Nets’ game Sunday night bounced off the back of the rim. Kevin Durant’s elbow jumper at the buzzer was off, and just like that, the Nets fell to the Wizards 123-122 and slipped below .500.

After getting off a formidable start, Brooklyn has lost four out of its past five games. But it isn’t the missed jump shots that are concerning head coach Steve Nash. Eventually, Nash said, he has confidence that this offensively talented team will get those shots to fall. After all, Irving is known for his dagger 3s, and that pull-up shot from Durant has been historically lethal.

But Nash is noticing a pattern to his team’s issues: “defensive lapses, offensive rebounding and turnovers.”

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