While Deron Williams put the finishing touches on a Brooklyn Nets victory, it was Brook Lopez who helped them get there in the first half. Lopez dominated the first half, scoring 16 points on 7-8 shooting, and bullied every opponent the Boston Celtics threw at him. Lopez shot straight through and over Jared Sullinger, Vitor Faverani, and Kris Humphries, and nobody on the Celtics could do anything to stop him:
Though most of the focus was on Williams — who played his best game of the season upon his return from an ankle sprain — Lopez’s teammates recognized his excellent post game, one he finished with 24 points on 10-13 shooting.
“We want to (go through Lopez) every game,” Williams glowed. “We feel like he has an advantage most nights, if not every night, so we’re gonna play through him. They came and doubled him and he made great plays out of the double-team.”
His increased awareness and ability to attack against double-teams is something we’ve also noticed this season.