DeMarre Carroll was solid Wednesday night, hitting some big shots and doing good work on the boards.
With two opportunities to put the Nets ahead with 1.2 seconds remaining in regulation — thanks to Nicolas Batum potentially entering the Guinness Book of World Records for the earliest lane violation in basketball history — Carroll came up long on both free throw attempts.
While that did treat the fans to 10 more minutes of what was an exceptionally fun game to watch, the coaching staff probably could have done without the stress.
In fairness to Carroll, he had entered the game just a couple of seconds earlier after a long stretch on the bench, so clutch free throws were a big ask at that point.
Jarrett Allen played well in shortened minutes Wednesday, but was on the bench for much of the night as the Nets opted to go small.
He hit the boards very well, had a big block on Kemba Walker and made a very nice decision on a kick out to an open shooter while he had the ball in the high post.
Walker spun Allen around a bit when Allen had to switch onto the Charlotte All-Star point guard, but Allen is hardly alone in that club.
When the Hornets opted to go small, Brooklyn countered and that took Allen out of the mix, not because of anything he did wrong, but rather just because the conditions dictated it.