The Skinny: The Nets came out with great energy ? especially Reggie Evans who had six points and six rebounds (three offensive) in the first five minutes as part of a 16-2 Nets? run. Brook Lopez was dominant in the paint, scoring 11 points in the quarter to help Brooklyn open a 20-point lead after one. Evans finished one point shy of a double-double in the opening frame after tallying nine points and 10 rebounds. Evans himself had seven more boards in the first quarter than the entire Portland team (three).
Andray Blatche started the second quarter on a 7-0 run all by himself to increase the Nets? lead to 27. The Trail Blazers finally gained some confidence at the offensive end, with LaMarcus Aldridge heating up. But that effort made little dent into Brooklyn?s big lead, which was 23 at the break.