Blazers crush Brooklyn by 44

Brooklyn Nets' Andrei Kirilenko (47) and Kevin Garnett (2) battle for a rebound against the Blazers' Robin Lopez (42) in Portland, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)
Brooklyn Nets' Andrei Kirilenko (47) and Kevin Garnett (2) battle for a rebound against the Blazers' Robin Lopez (42) in Portland, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Will Barton had a season-high 20 points and career-high 11 rebounds, providing a spark off the bench for the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers in a 124-80 rout of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

The Blazers won their fourth straight game despite missing forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The team’s top scorer and rebounder has been out five straight games with a left groin sprain.

Jason Collins, who became the NBA’s first openly gay player when he signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on Sunday, entered the game without fan reaction and played a pair of scoreless stretches in the fourth quarter.

Mo Williams scored 21 points and Nicolas Batum had 19 to lead seven Portland players in double figures.

Deron Williams had 12 points to lead for the Nets, who had their lowest point total this season.

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