PORTLAND -- Reggie Evans matched his career high with 22 points and grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds as Brooklyn blew away Portland 111-93 Wednesday night at the Rose Garden. Brook Lopez added 28 points for the Nets (42-29), who won for the fourth time in five stops on their eight-game road trip. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points for the Trail Blazers (33-38), who fell behind 16-4 and trailed by as many as 30 points. Rookie point guard Damian Lillard scored all 15 of his points in the second half but made only 4 of 12 shots from the field. With reserves playing out the fourth quarter, Portland cut the Nets' lead to 101-87 with 5:59 remaining. Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo was forced to reinsert his starters. The Nets restored order by scoring six points in a row to finally put the game on ice. Brooklyn used a huge advantage in rebounds (54-40) and points in the paint (74-38) to overpower the Blazers. The Nets had their way with Portland in racing to a 64-41 halftime lead -- the most first-half points scored by a Blazers' opponent all season. Lopez scored 17 points and Evans had 11 points and 14 rebounds by intermission for Brooklyn, which shot .551, outrebounded Portland 29-13 and held a 42-20 points-in-the-paint edge in the half. Aldridge put up 18 points by the break, but had far too little help from his teammates. Brooklyn put together a near-perfect first quarter, shooting 56 percent and outrebounding Portland 18-3 to take a 37-17 lead into the second period. Evans had nine points and 10 rebounds in the quarter. NOTES: The Nets were without shooting guard Joe Johnson (quad) for the second straight game. Veteran Keith Bogans took his spot in the starting lineup. "Joe is literally day-to-day," coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "It wouldn't surprise me if he could play Friday and Saturday. It wouldn't surprise me if he played in neither, though. We'll just have to see." ... Starting small forward Gerald Wallace (foot) and reserve forward MarShon Brooks (flu) played for the Nets, but Carlesimo said his players' health is his biggest concern at this point of the season. "We have more guys dinged up than we've had at any point," he said. "We have to plug through these last 12 games. Bad time for us to have a couple of guys hurting." ... Portland reserve forward Victor Claver returned after missing nine games with a sprained ankle. ... Brooklyn entered the night 18-3 in games in which it scores 100 or more points. ... Brooklyn, led by Evans at 10.2 rebounds a game, began play Wednesday ranked third in the NBA in rebounding percentage.
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