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(November 18, 2013)
BROOKLYN—Monday night at Barclays Center, the Nets returned to Brooklyn after a three-game West Coast trip and fell to the Trail Blazers, 108-98. The Nets raced out to an early lead behind a 12-point, 6-for-6 first quarter performance by Kevin Garnett, who finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks, but couldn't hold on in the second half.
The Blazers closed the gap with a strong second quarter, bombing away from three-point range and totaling 8-of-11 from distance, led by Wesley Matthews' 5-of-5 performance. Their defense tightened up in the third, when they overtook the Nets by scoring 27 and allowing only 15. Point guard Damian Lillard, the 2012 Rookie of the Year, talled 19 points and 9 assists, while Matthews added 24 points and All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge 27 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.