PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — D’Angelo Russell knew that the difference for Brooklyn against Portland’s duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum was going to be the defense.
“Honestly, I think we played defense for all 48 minutes,” he said. “We had maybe a minute-and-a-half lapse. For 48 minutes, everybody played their part.”
Russell had 21 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and the Nets snapped a four-game losing streak to the Blazers with a 101-97 victory Friday night. He also had nine assists.
DeMarre Carroll added 16 points and Allen Crabbe had 12 in his first trip back to Portland since he was traded to the Nets in the offseason.
Jusuf Nurkic led Portland with 21 points but played just under one minute in the fourth quarter, and Damian Lillard added 19.
The Nets led 77-70 to start the final quarter, but Portland pulled in front…