By Associated Press - Friday, January 16, 2015


As the Brooklyn Nets endured a seven-game losing streak, trade rumors engulfed the slumping team.

Two of the players mentioned in proposed deals, Brook Lopez and Jarrett Jack, shook off the chatter and each scored 26 points to help the Nets break their skid with a 102-80 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

John Wall had 13 points and Kris Humphries scored 12 points for the Wizards.

Lopez scored 25 points in 18 minutes in the second half. He had 11 points in just over 2½ minutes in the third as the Nets took control of the game to lead 71-58 and tacked on Brooklyn’s first eight points of the fourth. He said he was ignoring the trade talk.

“I don’t pay attention. I’m here. I’ve been here all day,” Lopez said.

“I like it here. I’ve been here my whole career. I’m kind of partial to it now. I’ve been on the block for like 6½ years now. It’s no big deal.”

Jack, who has played for seven teams in 10 NBA seasons, has also heard his name bandied about.

“Clearly, those are things we can’t control. I speak for myself when I say, ‘I don’t want anybody else.’ I want to finish with the guys I started with. Clearly, that’s not up to me. It’s not my decision,” Jack said.

Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins has been watching his team slump, and the win over one of the top teams in the East was very satisfying.

“It makes me smile,” he said of the win and about the losing: “It was tough. It was really tough.”

Washington coach Randy Wittman, whose team has sailed through the first half of the season, saw disturbing signs.

“It was lost when we came out of the locker room,” Wittman said.

“It had nothing to do with a run in the third quarter. We had no focus, no energy, no urgency. A lack of respect for your opponent and the game and that’s what happens. Lesson learned, hopefully.”

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