Red-Hot Blazers Bounce Back Against Nets

Surprising division leaders whip NJ, which falls below .500
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2008 10:45 PM CST
New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter, left, and Richard Jefferson look on from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Trail...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After losing a tough double-overtime affair at Toronto Sunday, Portland showed resilience tonight, winning with ease 99-73 over inconsistent New Jersey. Five players hit double figures in scoring for the visiting Blazers for their 18th win in 20 games, according to the AP. LeMarcus Aldridge's 20 points was tops for Portland, as it shot an excellent 53% from the field.

"We were more in charge and once we got rolling it just kept going," said Aldridge. The Nets, meanwhile, could have used some mortar to go with the bricks they put up, shooting a paltry 33% and getting only 29 points from the star trio of Carter, Kidd and Jefferson. "We weren't ready to play," said Nets coach Lawrence Frank.