Lopez Leads Nets Over Magic, 121-111

Brooklyn doesn't plan on resting veteran players. "We're not going to rest," coach Kenny Atkinson said

Brook Lopez scored 30 points, Trevor Booker had a season-high 23 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 121-111 on Saturday.

Sean Kilpatrick added 15 points for the Nets, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Brooklyn had a season-high 72 points in the paint.

Elfrid Payton had 20 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for his fifth triple-double of the season for Orlando, which has lost four straight games. Nikola Vucevic had 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Aaron Gordon finished with 22 points and 15 boards.

Brooklyn opened the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 100-89 lead and never looked back.

Orlando rallied from a seven-point deficit at halftime to tie the score at 89 heading into the fourth quarter. Vucevic scored 12 points in the third.

Brooklyn took a 60-53 lead into halftime. Lopez led Brooklyn with 18 points while Gordon and Vucevic led Orlando with 13 points apiece at the half.

Orlando opened the game with a 15-5 run before Brooklyn rallied to tie the score at 33 apiece after the first quarter.


Magic: Coach Frank Vogel has been impressed with Terrence Ross since arriving in a midseason trade. "He's exceeded our expectations," Vogel said. "We knew he was a good scorer off the bench. We're using him as a starter and with heavy minutes. He's a dynamic offensive player with his 3-point shooting and you can put the ball in his hands and he makes good decisions. He can attack long closeouts and get to the rim too with athleticism. He's multidimensional offensively and one of our better perimeter defenders as well." . Jeff Green (sore lower back) was out.

Nets: Brooklyn doesn't plan on resting veteran players. "We're not going to rest," coach Kenny Atkinson said. "I've been saying how important I think it is for us to finish this season strong and I do think seeing more of Jeremy (Lin) together with the group is helpful. Our mentality is to have positive momentum heading into this important offseason." . Quincy Acy (sore left ankle) and Joe Harris (sprained left shoulder) were out.


Nets: Host Atlanta on Sunday. Brooklyn then hits the road four of the final five games of the regular season.

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