For the first half, Brook Lopez was unstoppable: 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting for the Nets.

For the second half, he was kind of stoppable: four points on 2-of-7 shooting.

"A combination of double teams, a combination of getting him off his spot, a combination of not getting on-time, on-target passes," coach Avery Johnson said of the scoring difference after the Nets' 120-116 loss to the Knicks last night at the Garden. "And then he was battling some foul trouble."