Nets ease past Blazers with late surge

Brooklyn breaks from a 74-all tie to win 98-85
Nov. 25, 2012
Portland's Meyers Leonard duels under the basket with Kris Humpries.
(AP Photo)

NEW YORK - Deron Williams had 15 points, 12 assists, four blocked shots and three steals and the Brooklyn Nets tuned up for their first outing against the New York Knicks with a 98-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday at the Barclays Center.

Kris Humphries had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who play host to the Knicks Monday in a game postponed by Superstorm Sandy.

Portland got a standout performance from Wes Matthews with 20 points, and J.J. Hickson added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Portland, which played without LaMarcus Aldridge.

The Blazers played evenly into the fourth quarter when the Nets went on a 9-0 run to break a 74-all tie and take over the game.

Damian Lillard had 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Portland.

Aldridge was in uniform, but did not play after receiving treatment from the training staff.

Portland dropped to 6-7 and will play at Detroit (3-11) Monday in the second game of an 11-day road trip.

While the Pistons have struggled this season, former South Medford standout Kyle Singler has fit into the team's line-up and long-term plans averaging 24 minutes, 8.8 points and 48 percent shooting.