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                         === Lopez, Nets down Jazz ===
 
 Brooklyn,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brook Lopez poured in 27 points in just 25
 minutes  as the Brooklyn Nets kept Utah winless with a 104-88 rout of the Jazz
 from Barclays Center.
 
 Lopez  added a team-high seven rebounds while shooting 10-of-13 from the floor
 and  7-of-9 from the  free throw line in the victory, as Brooklyn bounced back
 from  a disappointing  blowout loss to the Magic on Sunday. Brooklyn outscored
 Utah 58-26 in the paint.
 
 "He's  very  poised and very  strong," said  Nets  forward Kevin Garnett about
 Lopez. "He's a real chill person, but he has a fire."
 
 Joe  Johnson had  12 points while Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston each scored
 11. Former Jazz star Deron Williams finished with 10 points and eight assists.
 
 Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter were the lone bright spots for Utah, netting 22
 and  21  points, respectively, in the  Jazz's fourth straight loss to open the
 campaign.  Alec Burks  chimed in with 13  points off the bench and rookie Rudy
 Gobert corralled a game-high 11 rebounds.
 
 "It's frustrating losing," said Hayward. "I hate losing and we had three close
 ones  and then kind of fell apart tonight. I think we got to try and find some
 positives and pick ourselves up. We got another one tomorrow."
 
 Brooklyn  established its  dominance down low early on, forcing Utah to double
 the  post  and leave  the perimeter  unguarded. Pierce opened  the game with a
 wide-open  triple and less than five minutes into the contest, the Nets led by
 a 12-2 score.
 
 "As  a  team, that's  what we  talked about yesterday,"  said Nets coach Jason
 Kidd.  "We were  kind of a jump-shooting team and yesterday's practice was the
 only way you could score was getting the ball in the paint. The drills and the
 things that we did to focus carried over to tonight."
 
 Burks  provided  a spark  for  the  Jazz and  earned  two  trips to  the  line
 late  in the period, but Livingston's jumper with less than a second remaining
 gave the Nets a 10-point edge at 28-18.
 
 Richard  Jefferson, who  played for the Nets  for the first seven years of his
 career, converted a dunk with 7:01 left in the second to pull Utah within five
 at 31-26, but it was all Brooklyn from that point. The Nets outscored the Jazz
 23-12  for  the duration  of the quarter  and took a  54-38 advantage into the
 locker room.
 
 Kidd  removed  his starters  for good  late in the  third after Brooklyn built
 a   comfortable  24-point  lead.  Williams'  scoop  layup  at  the  4:45  mark
 brought  the crowd to  its feet and removed any doubt of a Jazz comeback, with
 the Nets leading 78-54 at that stage.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Utah's  Brandon Rush  played 10 minutes in his first game action since tearing
 the  ACL in  his left knee on Nov.  2, 2012 while a member of the Warriors ...
 Williams had been  0-4 in four prior meetings with his former team... Brooklyn
 held the Jazz to six fast break points while scoring 25.
 
 
 
 11/06 00:51:34 ET

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