Brook Lopez, Nets walk all over Lakers, stay in playoff hunt

By on March 30, 2015


The Nets are like Zombies. You bring out the shovels. You write their obit.

But then they revive their season, ugly and nasty as it may appear, following ugly defeats and improbable victories. Sunday afternoon was a rarity: the Nets did what they were supposed to do, toppling the tanktastic Lakers, 107-99, behind 30 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez.

As a result, the Nets moved into a tie for the eighth spot with the Celtics, who are playing the Clippers on Sunday.

This wasn’t just a bad Lakers team the Nets were hosting Sunday, it was NBA’s former premier franchise tanking for a better first-round pick – with coach Byron Scott trotting out a starting lineup of Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black, Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington. It’s a long ways from Showtime.

So the Nets (32-40) handled their business against a ragtag bunch, securing a wire-to-wire victory for their third straight win. The Lakers (19-53) didn’t have Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Lin or Carlos Boozer.

Lopez secured his third game this week with 30 points or more. Deron Williams was a game-time decision because of an illness, but logged 34 minutes with 13 points and nine assists.

Rookie Markel Brown had a career-high with 17 points. Joe Johnson had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

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