Johnson Helps Nets Beat Trail Blazers 98-85

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    AP
    Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson, left, drives by Portland Trail Blazers' Joel Freeland in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center, Sunday, Nov. 25.

    Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Brook Lopez had 15 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 98-85 on Sunday.

    Brooklyn has won five straight games at Barclays Center. The 6-1 beginning on its new home court is the Nets' best start since the 2002-03 season when they won 18 of their first 19 at home.

    Wesley Matthews scored 20 points and J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who were without LaMarcus Aldridge. The All-Star forward was out with a stiff back.

    Rookie Damion Lillard added 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists. The Blazers selected Lillard with the first-round draft pick they acquired in the Gerald Wallace trade with the Nets last spring.