Mikal Bridges Owns Up to Key Miss in Nets' Overtime Loss



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Mikal Bridges Owns Up to Key Miss in Nets' Overtime Loss
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In a gripping showdown at the State Farm Arena, the Brooklyn Nets faced a narrow defeat in overtime against the Atlanta Hawks, ending with a high-octane score of 147-145. Despite an exceptional performance by Mikal Bridges, who matched his career high with 45 points, the Nets couldn't clinch victory in the final moments, succumbing to a tenacious Hawks team spearheaded by Trae Young's impressive 43 points.

The postgame atmosphere was a mix of disappointment and resolve as Bridges, the standout player for the Nets, candidly acknowledged his crucial misses during the game's pivotal moments. His frank admission was set against a loud Atlanta crowd and a game where the Nets made a commendable comeback after trailing substantially in the first half.

Bridges' Overtime Setback

Bridges, who had a career-defining night, was acutely aware of his shortcomings during the critical overtime phase. His late-game surge, marked by consecutive mid-range scores, was ultimately overshadowed by a decisive block from the Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu in the last eight seconds, leaving the Nets a point behind.

Speaking humbly, Bridges reflected on the missed opportunities, expressing a sense of regret and determination to learn from these moments. "Yeah, just got to make them, that's what it is. Just got to make them," he stated. His missed layups, he acknowledged, would linger in his mind, a reminder of the fine line between victory and defeat.

Despite the loss, Bridges remained optimistic about the Nets' overall performance, particularly their ability to rally from behind.

He praised his team's resilience and fighting spirit, which shone through as they overcame a 15-point deficit, including an eight-point lag in the final quarter. Their near-comeback against the Hawks was a testament to the team's grit and determination.

As the Nets aim to balance their season record, currently standing at 6-9, Bridges emphasized the importance of persistence and teamwork. "We just had to keep fighting," he remarked, highlighting the collective effort of players and coaches alike.

"There’s no quit. We just kept fighting, fighting, and almost had it,” he concluded, summing up the ethos of a team undeterred by setbacks and focused on continual improvement.

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