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Trail Blazers Caught in Brooklyn's Net

 
Trail Blazers Caught in Brooklyn's Net
Posted Wednesday, March 27th 2013 @ 9pm  by by Scott Lynn; Fox Sports Radio 620

The Blazers had to feel like they were in an episode of the Twilight Zone as they were unable to corral a single rebound for the first 5 and a half minutes of the first quarter. By the time Wesley Matthews hauled in Portland's initial rebound with 6:24 left in the period, the Blazers were down by double-digits to the Nets. Brooklyn went on a 17-4 scoring run to take a 24-8 lead. 

It got worse for Portland.  After the Nets drilled back-to-back three-pointers, their lead was 30-10.  It was 37-17 Brooklyn after the first quarter.

It got even worse for the home team.

Brooklyn scored the first nine points of the second period to go up by 29, 46-17. Even though Portland went on scoring runs of 12-6 and 8-0 later in the quarter, the Blazers trailed 64-41 at halftime.

And it was worse, still, in the third quarter as Portland fell behind by 30 points 91-61 on a Reggie Evans three-point-play.  Evans, who outrebounded the entire Trail Blazers team in the first half (14-13), finished the third quarter with 21 points and 21 rebounds.  Incidentally, Portland had only 22 rebounds through three quarters, just one more than Evans.  Brooklyn was on top 95-69 entering the final period.

Both teams went to their reserves early in the 4th quarter, but when the Blazers second unit went on an 11-0 run to pull within 101-87 with 6 minutes left, Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo put his five starters back into the game.  Coach Terry Stotts stayed with the group that had rallied Portland (Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland, Will Barton, Luke Babbitt, and Nolan Smith). The Nets scored the next six points to go up 20 and regain control of the game.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 28 points, while Evans finished with 22 points and a career-high 26 rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 24 points on 11 of 14 shooting. Damian Lillard, who was held scoreless in the first half, finished with 15 points. 

The loss was costly, as the Blazers fell 3.5 games behind the Lakers, who won at Minnesota.  Portland has eleven games remaining, and with the loss to Brooklyn, saw its slim playoff hopes dealt a severe blow. 

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