The Nets head into Monday's matchup with the Knicks with a little momentum after winning their second straight game on Sunday, a 98-85 victory over the Blazers (who were playing without LaMarcus Aldridge) at Barclays Center.
The Nets got off to a quick start and led by nine early, but they cooled off after that and trailed by six early in the third quarter. A 14-4 run got them the lead back, but the game was tied again with 8 1/2 minutes to go in the fourth. Then a C.J. Watson three sparked a 9-0 run that put them in control for good.
The Nets shot just 42 percent, but outrebounded the Blazers 48-34. They also had a six-turnover advantage.
Joe Johnson led five Nets in double-figures with 21 points on 10-for-19 shooting, 17 coming in the first half. Deron Williams took over in the third quarter and finished with 15 points, 12 assists, three steals and four blocks. Kris Humphries (14 points and 10 rebounds) also had a double-double, and Reggie Evans added 14 boards of his own.
Said Damian Lillard (12, 6 and 7) about facing Williams. "He’s a bigger guard, handles the ball really well, uses his body really well and he’s the reason I got into foul trouble. He is a different style. He tried to throw his weight around a lot and he’s bigger and stronger than most of the point guards I’ve played against."
- Boxscore - NBA.com
- Trail Blazers vs. Nets (Video) - NBA.com
- Trail Blazers vs. Nets: First half (Video) - NBA.com
- Johnson helps Nets beat Trail Blazers 98-85 - AP
- Avery Johnson talks about his team's great finish (Video) - YES Network
- Brook Lopez talks about the win (Video) - Sarah Kustok - YES Network
- Reggie Evans discusses his 14 rebounds (Video) - Sarah Kustok - YES Network
- Nets Take Advantage of Short-Handed Trail Blazers - Benjamin Hoffman - New York Times
- Nets beat Blazers, showdown with Knicks next - Kristie Ackert - NY Daily News
- Williams doesn't acknowledge arm injuries despite sleeve - Kristie Ackert - NY Daily News
- Joe Johnson, Deron Williams lead Nets past Trail Blazers - John Jeansonne - Newsday
- Another strong 4th quarter carries Nets - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Gritty Evans fittin’ in - Zach Braziller - New York Post
- Rapid Reaction: Nets 98, Trail Blazers 85 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Avery Johnson: D-Will is 'banged up' - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Notebook: Johnson is heating up - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
Nets Notebook: D-Will banged up, teams wants to push pace - Denis Gorman - Metro
- Nets vs. Trail Blazers - Postgame Interviews (Video) - Brooklyn Nets
- Blazers fall to Nets without Aldridge, but head to Detroit upbeat - Joe Freeman - The Oregonian
- Blazers buckle in fourth quarter - Steve Brandon - Portland Tribune
- Bench and Defense Flop as Aldridge-less Blazers Bow to Nets - Dave - Blazers Edge
- Brooklyn Nets Tickets - TiqIQ