LOS ANGELES — In his first action against his former team on Friday night, Brook Lopez was more than motivated to help lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Brooklyn Nets in a 124-112 win.
Lopez led the way with a double-double with a season-high 34 points with 10 rebounds along with knocking down a season-best six 3-pointers against Brooklyn.
The 29-year-old’s strong play on the offensive end of the floor helped keep the Nets at bay for much of the game never drawing closer than six points in the contest. Lopez did the bulk of his scoring in the second half notching 23 points with 14 coming in the third quarter that saw him knock down 5-of-6 shots from the field including four 3-pointers in the period.
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This marked his first 30-point and 10-rebound game as a member of the Lakers and first since Nov. 15, 2016, when he was with the Nets that ironically came against his current team. It was an outing that began with some strange feelings for Lopez after spending the first nine years of his career with the Nets that wore off as the game went along.
“It was weird going up for the jump ball,” Lopez said. “But after that, it just felt like a game to me.”
For head coach Luke Walton, it was a strong performance that he kind of anticipated given the type of player Lopez has become over his career.
“He’s pretty much the same every day,” Walton said. “But when you have the talent level that Brook has and you’ve been in the league long enough, you can anticipate a player of that level having a big game against his old team. It’s just the way our league works.”
At end of the day, Lopez was most encouraged by the continued improvement of his new team moving forward.
“We have a large group of guys just gelling together on the run,” Lopez said. “We are only going to get better from here. The most important thing is that we are all playing for each other. We believe in each other. We share the ball very well.We are a high-energy group and we try to do it on the defensive end. It is all about our team here.”