Brooklyn Nets beat Portland, 106-96, in makeup game

Brook Lopez dominates with 32 points in a game postponed by weather as Nets beat Trail Blazers, 106-96

Brook Lopez dominated twin brother Robin and the short-handed Portland frontcourt with 32 points and nine rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Trail Blazers, 106-96, on Monday night 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 weather on Jan. 26 and couldn't stop Brook Lopez, who has won the last two Eastern Conference player of the week awards. He shot 15 for 25 from the field.

Deron Williams added 24 points and 10 assists for the Nets, who strengthened their hold on seventh place in the Eastern Conference by winning for the ninth time in 11 games. Thaddeus Young scored 20 points.

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. With a five-hour flight Sunday just to turn around and fly back after the game Monday, Blazers Coach Terry Stotts opted to let the players stay behind and rest some injuries before they host Minnesota on Wednesday.

They cut a 22-point deficit to six in the fourth quarter before the Nets pulled away again. Portland, guaranteed a top-four seed as the Northwest Division champion, isn't assured of home-court advantage, which is determined solely by record.

The originally scheduled game was called off when New York was hit with snow, though not nearly enough to live up to the blizzard predictions. By the time the Blazers were told to leave, it took them more than two hours to reach the airport.

Both coaches downplayed the inconvenience of the one-game, cross-country return trip, and both said they had done it before. Stotts was an assistant to George Karl in Seattle when the SuperSonics had to play an April makeup in New York in 1996, while the Nets' Lionel Hollins was a player in Portland in 1978 when the Blazers couldn't get to a game in New York because of weather and had to return later.

The Nets outscored the Blazers 32-12 in the second quarter, limiting Portland to four-of-18 shooting, and expanded their lead to 22 points in the third quarter. They won their season-high fifth straight at home and have won 11 of 14 overall.

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