Nets set rebound mark, beat Blazers 111-93

Nets set rebound mark, beat Blazers 111-93

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 8:06 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Reggie Evans' Brooklyn teammates egged him on, making sure he knew just how many points and rebounds he had against the Trail Blazers. In the end, Evans finished with a career-high 26 rebounds and matched his career best with 22 points, as Brooklyn beat Portland 111-93 on Wednesday night.

Evans is the first NBA player to reach both those numbers in a game this season. And to top it off, he was battling an infection that kept his right eye half-shut throughout the game.

"I just wanted to win, that's it," Evans said. "But after a while your teammates get to tell you how many rebounds you got. Typical of my teammates: `Oh, you got this many. You got this many. You got this many.' I just take whatever I can do."

Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo called Evans' performance "absurd." It was Brooklyn's 20th road win of the season, matching a franchise best. Brook Lopez added 28 points for the Nets, who built a big lead early and stretched it to as many as 30 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 24 points despite rolling his right ankle in the first half and briefly leaving the game.

Most of the Nets starters had retreated to the bench before Portland pulled within 101-87 on Luke Babbitt's 3-pointer with six minutes remaining. The starters returned, and Portland couldn't get closer.

It was a costly loss for the Blazers, who are 33-38 and still fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference with just 11 games remaining. Portland dropped 3 1/2 games back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot.

"They definitely punched us in the mouth first and we didn't respond for the whole game," Blazers forward J.J. Hickson said.

Aldridge, who had missed practice for a couple of days because of illness, started for the Blazers but had to leave for a time with what the team said was a sprained right ankle. The injury didn't slow him too much, and he topped all scorers with 18 points after the first half.

Blazers rookie Damian Lillard, who is averaging just over 19 points, didn't score before having 10 points in the third quarter. He finished with 15. "It was embarrassing," Lillard said. "I don't know any other way to say it."

Notes: Blazers forward Victor Claver, sidelined because of an ankle injury, made his first appearance since March 8. It was the second-worst defeat for the Blazers at home this season. Evans' 26 rebounds are the most for a player on either side of the all-time series between the Nets and the Blazers.

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