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                           === Blazers rout Nets ===
 
 Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Mo Williams scored a team-high 21 points as
 the Portland Trail Blazers blasted the Brooklyn Nets, 124-80, on Wednesday.
 
 Will  Barton  had season highs with  20 points and 11 rebounds, while Nicholas
 Batum  finished  with 19 points,  six assists,  and six rebounds in Portland's
 fourth straight win.
 
 Damian Lillard netted 14 points, Victor Claver deposited a career-high 13, and
 Robin Lopez and C.J. McCollum added 11 points apiece in the win.
 
 "This  point of  the season right now,  you want to keep getting better," said
 Wesley  Matthews.  "You want  to  keep  reaching to  a  point  where when  the
 playoffs hit, you're playing at your best."
 
 Portland's bench scored 68 points compared to just 45 for Brooklyn.
 
 Deron  Williams paced the Nets with 12 points, Joe Johnson contributed 11, and
 Mason Plumlee chipped in 10. Brooklyn has lost two of its last three.
 
 "Our  energy,  on the offensive end  we didn't make  shots and we kind of felt
 sorry for ourselves, which carried over to the defensive end and we didn't get
 stops," said Nets coach Jason Kidd.
 
 Portland  led 29-20 after  the first quarter and a late second quarter run put
 the game out of reach at halftime.
 
 Andray  Blatche converted  1-of-2 from the line to cut the Brooklyn deficit to
 47-34 with 2:53 remaining until halftime.
 
 Batum  scored back-to-back  buckets to ignite an  11-0 run to end the half for
 Portland. Barton closed the scoring on the run with a dunk to give the Blazers
 a 58-34 lead at the half.
 
 Brooklyn got as close as 21 in the third and fourth, but Portland continued to
 push  the  margin to a  healthy advantage before  obliterating the Nets with a
 late run in the closing minutes.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Portland  was without  the services of LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his fifth
 straight  game due to a strained left groin ... The Blazers shot 46-of-86 from
 the  field and  held the Nets to 32-of-81 shooting ... Portland's largest lead
 was 45 ... Brooklyn shot 4-for-22 from beyond the arc.
 
 
 02/27 02:21:58 ET