Nets' Brook Lopez returns in 2OT win
NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked three shots in 24 minutes Friday night in his return after missing seven games due to a right foot sprain.
"It was great," Lopez said after the Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 107-105 in double overtime. "I felt very good out there with no problem. I was just happy to be out there playing with my guys."
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It is unknown whether Lopez will play Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls, but Nets coach Avery Johnson didn't rule him out.
"We'll make that decision tomorrow, but Brook looked fine to me," Johnson said.
"I feel like I could, but the decision isn't up to me, so we'll see what happens," Lopez added.
The Nets (13-9) had gone 2-5 without Lopez in their lineup. In 15 games, the 24-year-old is averaging 17.9 points and 6.6 rebounds.
Lopez, who signed a four-year, $60 million contract extension in the offseason, had been out since initially suffering the injury Nov. 28 against the Boston Celtics. He underwent a battery of tests -- including a precautionary MRI -- that showed the injury was unrelated to the two right foot fractures he suffered last season.
Center Andray Blatche had filled in admirably, averaging 17.6 points and 8.9 rebounds in seven starts in place of Lopez. On Friday night, Blatche had 16 points off the bench.
Power forward Reggie Evans made his fourth straight start Friday night and finished with 10 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Point guard Deron Williams suffered a left quadriceps contusion with 1:41 left in the first quarter after being pushed from behind by Pistons power forward Jason Maxiell under the basket. Williams received treatment from trainer Tim Walsh, then re-entered at the 5:36 mark of the second. He finished with 17 points, six assists and five turnovers in 43 minutes.
"It's sore," said Williams, who has been bothered by a litany of minor injuries this season. "I get something new every game. It doesn't matter."
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