Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Lopez gets best of twin brother
By Mike Mazzeo
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Yes, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams responded by humming SportsCenter's intro music when asked about center Brook Lopez posterizing his twin brother, Robin, in the third quarter of the team's 108-98 victory on Tuesday night at Barclays Center.
And yes, D-Will is exactly right: Brook’s one-handed hammer dunk over Robin in the paint should indeed make the show’s Top 10.
“I think I might (rib) him for a little bit tonight, but I don’t think he’d want to put up with me, so I know my friends are going to text him about it, though,” said Brook Lopez, who scored 26 points and improved to 3-4 in his career against his twin brother.
Brook Lopez slams home two of his game-high 26 points in the second half against the Hornets.
“D-Will made a good pass. I haven’t seen a replay of it yet. He did dunk on me our rookie year, so this was getting him back, though I think that one was worse.”
Brook caught D-Will’s pass at the free throw line, took one dribble, then finished with authority. He had his right hand high above the rim before flushing it down.
Said Robin when asked about playing Brook: “It was fun. He is a good player and I think I did a good job on him. They were a lot more physical than us at times, I think a little too physical. His game continues to evolve and just like any offensive player at this level, it is hard to stop him and I think he did a good job.”
• Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo finally did what he said he would four games ago: put his Twin Towers on the floor at the same time.
Lopez and backup Andray Blatche played together for a stretch of the third quarter and a long stretch during the fourth. The duo combined for 44 points and 10 rebounds. The Nets finished plus-4 in the 12-plus minutes Blatche and Lopez were on the floor together.
Carlesimo said the Nets could look at it going forward depending on matchups.
“I thought it was good. I thought their interaction has always been good,” he said. “I think they did a little bit of everything. They scored, they rebounded and they got assists.”
“He has such a high basketball IQ and he plays so well with everyone on the floor, which makes everyone’s job a lot easier,” Lopez said of Blatche, who had 18 points.
Lopez started off the game by scoring 12 points in the first quarter. Then the All-Star center sat the entire second while Blatche poured in 12 points of his own.
“I can’t argue with that,” Lopez said. “You see Andray playing like that and I want him to play the entire game then.”