Johnson helps Nets beat Trail Blazers 98-85

Johnson helps Nets beat Trail Blazers 98-85
November 25, 2012, 6:13 pm
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 25, 2012 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)


NEW YORK (AP) Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Brook Lopez had 15 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 98-85 on Sunday.

Brooklyn has won five straight games at Barclays Center. The 6-1 beginning on its new home court is the Nets' best start since the 2002-03 season when they won 18 of their first 19 at home.

Wesley Matthews scored 20 points and J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who were without LaMarcus Aldridge. The All-Star forward was out with a stiff back.

Rookie Damion Lillard added 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists. The Blazers selected Lillard with the first-round draft pick they acquired in the Gerald Wallace trade with the Nets last spring.