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Evans (22 points, 26 rebounds) leads Nets

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 28, 2013 at 1:16 am •  Published: March 28, 2013
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In the past 11 games, Evans has topped 20 rebounds four times. The last time he had 22 points came in 2006.

"He rebounds — it's not a surprise he got rebounds. Now 26, that's another story," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "For him to get three offensive rebounds in the first two minutes of the game when everybody knows that's what he does. ... We didn't do too much to take that away."

Evans' eye infection started in his left but had spread to his right before the game. He said it bothered him during shootaround earlier Wednesday and he had to use drops before the game.

"If it was golf it would be a problem, but a basketball is a pretty big ball," Carlesimo said. "He can see a basketball — that's all he needs to see."

Andray Blatche's follow dunk pushed Brooklyn's lead to 42-17 and C.J. Watson's drive gave the team its biggest lead of the first half at 50-21. The Blazers narrowed the margin slightly with a 10-2 run but the Nets' led 64-41 at the break.

"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. ... The Blazers' video scoreboard turned to the final seconds of Chicago's 101-97 victory over Miami, which snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak. ... The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Nets at the Rose Garden. ... 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.