Brook Lopez was a one-man offensive powerhouse for the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. His brother, Phoenix center Robin, had a little more help, though.
Robin Lopez started and poured in a career-high 20 points, besting his brother’s New Jersey Nets, 118-94.
Brook Lopez had a stellar night, scoring 26 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Eight of those rebounds were on the offensive glass. Brook did not get the kind of support from his sidekicks that Robin did, however.
Phoenix shots 53.6 percent from the field and received 27 points and seven rebounds from Amare Stoudemire. Jason Richardson, coming off the bench with the return of Leandro Barbosa, added 26 points. Meanwhile, Steve Nash had 10 assists at the half and finished with 12 points, 15 assists, and five rebounds.
New Jersey hung in the game for the first half, leading for most of the second quarter. The Nets utilized a 14-4 run to open the second quarter. The Suns managed only those four points in the first six minutes of the quarter.
Phoenix rebounded, however, and ended the half on an 8-0 run. The Suns led 56-49 and the margin only grew larger after halftime.
The Suns led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter after Richardson knocked down a pair of free-throws. Phoenix led, 90-77, after the third frame when Stoudemire converted a buzzer-beating jumper from the top of the key.
Phoenix’s lead ballooned to 26 points when Goran Dragic made a jumper to give the Suns a 116-90 lead with 1:48 left in the game.
The second half was not nearly as competitive as the first. New Jersey grabbed a 35-34 lead following Yi Jianlian’s jumper with 8:53 left in the half. Yi opened 4-of-4 from the field and finished the game with 14 points.
Courtney Lee’s free-throws with capped New Jersey’s 14-4 run. The Nets 40-36 lead lasted briefly.
Lee finished the game with 10 points. Devin Harris scored 11 points and dished out seven assists, but he shot 4-of-14 from the field. The Nets shot 43.7 percent from the field.
New Jersey’s loss dropped the team to 3-38. At the midway point of the season, the Nets are on pace for a 6-76 record. Phoenix moved to 25-18.
Douglas-Roberts continues to struggle
Chris Douglas-Roberts opened the season with a bang, emerging as one of New Jersey’s best offensive options. Since Yi and Jarvis Hayes have returned from injury, Douglas-Roberts has taken a back seat in the offense.
The 6-foot-7 Memphis product scored four points against the Suns, attempting just four shots from the field.
His minutes dwindled as well. Douglas-Roberts played 23:39 while Hayes, Kris Humphries, and Terrence Williams received significant minutes off the bench.
Humphries played 24:50, Hayes 22:53, and Williams received 19:12 minutes. The trio combined for 24 points.
Douglas-Roberts entered the game averaging 14.6 ppg and 4.2 rpg.