Thursday, January 13, 2011
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In a game that pitted brother against brother (former Stanford University teammates Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez), Brook’s Nets came out on the short end of a 118-109 overtime decision. With 9:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, New Jersey built a sizeable lead at 90-75. The Suns would outscore the Nets 28-13 down the stretch to force the extra session. In overtime, Phoenix took complete control winning the extra period 15-6. The loss was a deflating one as the Nets’ fourth quarter dry spell cost them the victory.
In what was billed as a battle of the Lopez brothers and with Nets fans placing a watchful eye on ex-Net Vince Carter, the point guards stole the show. Suns point Steve Nash dished out 16 helpers, dropping 23 points and snaring seven rebounds. New Jersey's point man Devin Harris collected 15 points, 15 assists and three steals in the loss. The Nets had no answer for Nash who was wheeling and dealing, stepping in and knocking down contested shots late in the fourth quarter and into the overtime period.
Vince Carter finished with 23 points, five rebounds and two assists. As for the battle of the Lopez’s, Brook scored 16 points and hauled in 8 boards, while twin brother Robin had 11 points and only two rebounds, but earned the all important victory. New Jersey’s next opponent will be a mammoth sized challenge as they travel to Staples Center on Friday, January 14th at 7:30PM, to face the two-time reigning NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers.