Lopez helps Nets break 7-game losing streak with 102-80 win
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Brook Lopez and Jarrett Jack each scored 26 points as the Brooklyn Nets broke a seven-game losing streak with a 102-80 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Brooklyn took control in the third quarter, outscoring Washington 28-18 to take a 71-58 lead after three.
Lopez, who has been the subject of numerous trade rumors, scored 11 points in just over 2 1/2 minutes in the third as the Nets took control of the game. He scored Brooklyn's first eight points of the fourth quarter, too, and had 25 of his 26 points in the second half. Jack had 19 of his 26 points in the final two quarters.
John Wall had 13 points and Kris Humphries, 12, for the Wizards.
The Nets' win overshadowed the first meeting of Brooklyn's Kevin Garnett and Washington's Paul Pierce since March 4, 2007. Garnett and Pierce played six seasons in Boston together and last year with the Nets.
Garnett and Pierce hugged just before tipoff and playfully tapped each other when they first lined up together for free throws.
Pierce scored eight points and Garnett had four. Garnett's teams lead Pierce's 10-8 over their careers.
Garnett returned after missing Wednesday's game because of a suspension for head-butting Dwight Howard.
The second meeting between the two won't be as long in coming. On Saturday night, the teams will play again in Brooklyn.
Nets: Coach Lionel Hollins said he's not looking forward to playing Washington on Saturday night. "I hate it. It's a little like the playoffs. Play one and go on to another." ... The Nets' seven-game skid was their longest since an eight-game losing streak in February 2012.
Wizards: Pierce was charged with a flagrant 1 foul late in the fourth quarter when he clipped Bojan Bogdanovich on his way to the basket. . Set season lows for points and greatest margin of defeat at home.
Nets: Host Wizards on Saturday.
Wizards: Visit Nets on Saturday.
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