Lopez scores 32, Nets beat the short-handed Blaz­ers to end 106-96

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Brook Lopez dom­i­nated twin brother Robin with 32 points and nine re­bounds as the Brook­lyn Nets beat the short­handed Port­land Trail Blaz­ers 106-96 on Mon­day in the only game on the NBA sched­ule.

The Trail Blaz­ers left LaMar­cus Aldridge and oth­ers home for the makeup of a game that was post­poned by bad weather on Jan. 26 and couldn’t stop Brook Lopez, who shot 15 for 25 from the field.

Deron Wil­liams added 24 points and 10 as­sists for the Nets, who closed in on a play­off spot in the Eastern Con­fer­ence by win­ning for the ninth time in 11 games. They are in sev­enth place in the stand­ings, one game ahead of Bos­ton and two games up on Miami and In­di­ana.

Damian Lil­lard scored 36 points for the Trail Blaz­ers, who had won two in a row. Mey­ers Leonard had 17 points and 15 re­bounds, while Robin Lopez had just eight points and seven boards.

Be­sides Aldridge, Port­land was with­out for­ward Ni­co­las Ba­tum and backup cen­ter Chris Ka­man.

AP

Brook­lyn Nets guard Deron Wil­liams #8 drives the ball to the bas­ket past Port­land Trail Blaz­ers cen­ter Joel Free­land #19 as Trail Blaz­ers cen­ter Robin Lopez #42, Nets cen­ter Brook Lopez #11 and for­ward Thad­deus Young #30 look on in the sec­ond half of an NBA game in New York on Mon­day, April 6.

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