The Nets put together a fourth-quarter rally to break open a close game and beat Memphis 122-109 on Monday night, winning for only the second time in the last 20 games.
The loss to the worst team in the NBA was the third straight for the Grizzlies and fifth defeat in the last seven.
“I don’t know what to say,” said reserve forward Zach Randolph, who had 10 points, but was 4 of 12 from the field.
Sean Kilpatrick led the Nets with 23 points, but it was a fourth-quarter performance by Jeremy Lin, who scored nine straight points down the stretch, that gave Brooklyn the cushion it needed. Lin finished with 18 points, including 11 in the final frame.
“He had some big shots and he made some big shots,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “But I thought everyone contributed. . It was really a team victory.”
Isaiah Whitehead scored 15 points, while Randy Foye and Caris LeVert added 14 apiece as Brooklyn shot 53 percent in snapping a two-game slide.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 32 points, his eighth 30-point game this season.
The teams traded leads until a little more than 4 minutes remained when a dunk by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson started a stretch of eight straight Brooklyn points, part of a 13-2 run for the Nets. Lin scored nine straight in the spurt, including a 3-pointer to give the Nets a 116-106 lead with 1:43 left.
“We had too many ‘My bads’ and too many ‘We should have done this, we should have done that,”’ said Memphis center Marc Gasol, who had 18 points. “Too many of them. Especially down the stretch.”
The game had 15 lead changes and nine ties, the last lead change coming with Hollis-Jefferson’s dunk. In the game-clinching push, Lin had four straight free throws and a 10-footer before his 3-pointer stretched the lead to 10.
Memphis, which carried a 57-56 lead into intermission, built the advantage to 12 in the third and carried a 91-88 lead into the final quarter.