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Mo Williams, Will Barton power Trail Blazers by Nets

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Will Barton came off the bench and scored 20 points and recorded 11 rebounds, his first double-double of the season, to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a blowout victory over the Brooklyn Nets, 124-80. The Trail Blazers shot 46-86 (53.5%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 13 boards. Portland (40-18) is now on a four-game winning streak.

Barton went 8-13 from the field, in a quality performance offensively. Other key players for Portland included Mo Williams with 21 points and 7 assists, Nicolas Batum with 19 points and 6 rebounds, and Robin Lopez with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the loss, Deron Williams put up 12 points for Brooklyn on 4-10 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line.

As expected, the high-octane offense of Portland (ranked second in the NBA in offensive efficiency) picked apart the bottom-tier defense of Brooklyn (ranked 30th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.32 points per possession. The Trail Blazers combined an eFG% of 61.0% with 41.9% 3-point shooting. They are 7-2 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Nets, on the other hand, are 2-8 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

This drops Brooklyn (26-29) to 0-2 versus Portland on the season.

Coming up, the Trail Blazers will square off against the Denver Nuggets (25-31) on Saturday. The Nets also match up against the Nuggets in their next game as well, taking place on Thursday. The Trail Blazers emerged victorious each of the last three times against Denver. The Nets have a 0-1 record against Denver this season.


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