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Lillard's 33 points drown Nets in Brooklyn, 116-104

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- You can't help but cringe every time you watch Damian Lillard play against the Nets, nonetheless torch them.

Lillard, taken with the Nets pick that was sent to Portland for Gerald Wallace in 2011, went off for 33 points and 10 assists in a 116-104 victory over the Nets.

Talk about feast or famine.

The Nets are now depending on Donald Sloan and Shane Larkin to handle the point guard duties. On his 28th birthday, Sloan filled in nicely and finished with a near triple-double of 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

With the loss, the Nets dropped to 11-29 and 7-15 at home. It was a game of dump-to-Lopez and hope. They battled and made mini, yet convincing, comebacks, but never fully took control of the game.

It started in the second quarter, when Nets fell down by 12 after a 19-6 run from Portland, but cut the deficit to seven by the end of the half. The Blazers scored 34 points in the second quarter, but the Nets stayed afloat thanks to Brook Lopez's 18 points and Sloan's 10 points.

The Nets, however, continued their comeback in the third quarter after Joe ‘Jesus' resurrected and nailed three consecutive three-pointers. He finished with 15 points.

Brooklyn's second unit struggled for most of the game, but ended up becoming the difference makers early in the fourth quarter. Thomas Robinson hasn't seen much action this season, but came in and made an immediate impact with his energy and hustle.

Robinson scored five straight points in effort to give the Nets a 13-3 run. He finished with a double double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. Andrea Bargnani even kept the Nets alive after scoring nine of his 12 points in the fourth.

Perhaps Tony Brown kept Lopez on the bench too long. Lopez was 9-of-14 heading into the fourth quarter. The second unit played well, but not well enough to keep Lopez on the bench until the 5:31 mark down seven.

A 19-2 run that put the Blazers up by 11 with 4:26 remaining. The Nets had dug themselves in another hole and Allen Crabbe (19 points) nailed the dagger three to go up by nine with a little over two minutes remaining. They scored a total of 33 points in the fourth quarter.

Brook Lopez scored 25 points in 28 minutes on 9-of-17 shooting, but was held out just a few minutes too long.

For Portland, Ed Davis chipped in 14 points and C.J. McCollum 13. As a whole, the Trail Blazers shot 51 percent from the field and dished out 26 assists to nine turnovers.

Next up: @ Atlanta, Saturday at 7:30 PM.

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