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                 === Lopez, Johnson lead Nets past Memphis ===
 Memphis,  TN ( - Brook Lopez took over in the fourth quarter
 and the Brooklyn Nets picked up a 97-88 road win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
 Lopez,  in his second  game since returning from an ankle injury, scored 12 of
 his  20 points in  the last quarter and added nine rebounds to seal Brooklyn's
 second win in its last nine games.
 Joe  Johnson and Andray Blatche did most of the damage early and finished with
 26 and 21 points, respectively, in the victory.
 "I  just  wanted to come out  and be aggressive on  both ends of the floor and
 bring  that energy  and effort  that coach  said we  didn't have  last night,"
 Johnson said.
 Quincy Pondexter exploded for 20 of his 22 points in the final 13 minutes, but
 it wasn't enough to rally the Grizzlies from a 15-point deficit.
 "I  just  hate for our team  to lose. It would  have felt better if we got the
 win," Pondexter said.
 Mike  Conley donated  16 points and 10  assists in the loss, Memphis' third in
 the last four games.
 Johnson  capped his  16-point first quarter with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to
 give  the Nets  a 24-19 lead, which  ballooned to 15 in the second quarter and
 was a healthy 48-37 at the break.
 Memphis mounted a comeback in the third, and Pondexter went on a personal 11-0
 run that bled into the fourth quarter to pull the Grizzlies within 73-71.
 Pondexter's  3-pointer with  under 10  minutes  remaining cut  the deficit  to
 75-74, but Brooklyn scored 11 of the next 13 points to pull away for good.
 Lopez  added two  hook shots  and a  free  throw a  little later  for a  91-78
 cushion, and the Nets closed it out from there.
                                   Game Notes
 Grizzlies  forward  Zach Randolph sat out  with an ingrown toenail ... Memphis
 has  lost four in a  row at home ... The Nets were 0-3 on the second game of a
 back-to-back ... Brooklyn outscored the Grizzlies at the free throw line 20-9.
 12/01 03:38:55 ET

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