Thursday April 2nd, 2015

Nets center Brook Lopez tipped in the game-winner to lift Brooklyn to a 100-98 victory over New York at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Losing to the league's worst team while in the middle of a playoff race would have been a disaster for the Nets, so it's a good thing that Lopez stepped up to save the day.

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With less than 10 seconds remaining and the score tied at 98, Deron Williams dribbled into the paint and attempted a right-handed runner. The shot ricocheted off the rim and fell to Lopez, who tried to tip the ball in with his left hand from the left block. That try missed, but Lopez was able to reposition himself near the right block for a second tip attempt. Lopez's third-chance opportunity nestled in with just two seconds remaining.

[daily_cut.NBA] New York was unable to score on the other end, giving Brooklyn its fifth straight win.

Williams finished with a game-high 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Lopez added 18 points and seven rebounds.

Andrea Bargnani led the Knicks with a team-high 22 points and five rebounds. Four other Knicks finished in double figures.

Brooklyn improved to 34-40. New York lost for the eighth straight time, falling to 14-61.

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