The Brooklyn Nets needed a game like this where they just came out and dominated a bad team in the Utah Jazz (0-4) as they won 104-88 at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night. Brook Lopez led the way with a dominating 27 point performance.
The Nets came out to a 12-2 lead early in the first and then finished the quarter up 28-18. That’s when Lopez emerged with the start of his monster game as he had 11 points and three rebounds while shooting 5-of-6. Paul Pierce also had three points and three helpers and Shaun Livingston and Andray Blatche chipped in with four points off the bench. The Nets forced seven turnovers and shot 60 percent for the quarter.
They started to extend that 10-point lead in the second quarter as Lopez continued his success with eight points and shot 4-of-5 from the line. Lopez was so dominant that he was often double-teamed which left Joe Johnson open for a pair of threes as he finished with eight points on the quarter. It was the Nets that struggled with the turnovers that quarter, but it didn’t matter as they shot 57.1 percent and finished the half with a 54-38 lead.
The Nets, and Lopez, continued to dominate in the third quarter. Lopez had eight points and three rebounds and Deron Williams pitched in with five points and three helpers. Paul Pierce also had five points and three boards. The Nets continued their hot shooting as they shot 56.5 percent in the frame, but the big difference was they outscored the Jazz 22-6 in the paint and finished with a 85-61 lead.
By the fourth quarter the game was over. The Nets finally let Mirza Teletovic off the bench and paired him with Alan Anderson, Andrei Kirilenko, Mason Plumlee and Shaun Livingston. The game was over by that point anyway and they cruised to victory.