The Skinny: Reggie Evans and Brook Lopez absolutely dominated the paint in the opening minutes, with the Nets scoring 22 of their first 25 points in the paint. Lopez finished the first quarter with 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, while Evans had a double-double after the opening frame with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brooklyn ended the first quarter on an 11-1 run and opened a 13-point lead.
The 76ers opened the second quarter on a 13-5 run to cut into the Nets? lead, with Dorell Wright knocking down outside shots. Joe Johnson responded with a few timely buckets, and the Nets? starters all returned to orchestrate a 14-3 run to close out the first half with an 18-point lead.