The Brooklyn Nets were able to hold the Portland Trail Blazers to 15 points in the fourth quarter of game that was tied 70-70 entering the frame, as the Nets beat the Blazers 98-85 on Sunday afternoon at the Barclays'. The Nets are now 6-1 in their first season at the Barclays' Center, which is their best start at home since they won 18 of their first 19 home games in the 2002-03 season when they called New Jersey home.
Portland, playing without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, had all five starters score in double- digits, led by Wesley Matthews with 20 points. JJ Hickson had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and a block, and rookie Damian Lillard had 13 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and two blocks, but the Blazers couldn't match the Nets in the fourth, as they were outscored 28-15 in the final frame.
Joe Johnson led the way with 21 points for the Nets on 10 of 19 shooting from the field. Brook Lopez and Deron Williams each had 15 points, and Deron added 12 assists, three steals and an impressive four blocks on the night for the Nets, who have now won four straight home games, as they now take on the Knicks Monday night, in the highly anticipated first matchup between these two in the Barclays' Center, after it was postponed in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.