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