There have been nights where Nets coach Avery Johnson has wanted to push Brook Lopez off a cliff because of the center's rebounding -- or lack thereof. And there have been nights like last night when he just wanted to hug Lopez, who scored 30 points and took 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season in the Nets' 107-105 victory over the Timberwolves in Newark.

But every night, Johnson has been able to appreciate knowing he has Lopez on his side. Lopez played his 241st consecutive game, the fourth best streak among active players. Since he was the 10th pick in 2008 Lopez never has missed a game.