When it comes to closing the deal, not many do it as well as the Brooklyn Nets’ Brook Lopez.
That’s been evident all season but it was also clear mid-week in a 93-90 win over the Detroit Pistons. Lopez netted 17 points, including a pivotal layup in the final minute, in that victory on the road. His play in the final minutes for the Nets is making the team a real contender in the Eastern Conference.
“That’s what those guys are paid to do; they’re closers. Probably none bigger than Brook (Lopez). Those guys make big shots,” said Detroit coach Lawrence Frank.
As a result, the Nets overcame double-digit deficits to Detroit to get the win.
“Brook (Lopez) made a real strong move going to the basket. The other move was a strong move too when he got fouled, when we ran Gerald’s (Wallace) screen for him and he came off the pick,” said Nets coach P.J. Carlesemo.
“I was just in the mindset that I want this one and more importantly make the right play,” Lopez said.
The 7-foot Nets center continues to enjoy a quality season along with making the game-breaking plays. At nearly 19 points and 7.3 rebounds a game, he’s obviously one of the NBA’s best centers. It makes the opposition cringe while thinking how much better he can get. He’s having one of his better shooting seasons at 52 percent. He’s as productive of a scorer and rebounder than ever before.
But what makes Lopez even more special this season is the knack of making the winning play for his team at the right time.