Brook Lopez showed the Magic last night what they are missing. He showed the Nets what they are missing, too.

The Nets center was everywhere early in the game, making baskets, blocking shots, pulling down rebounds, setting a tone the Nets had to have after two difficult losses. The NBA is all about the bounce-back, and Lopez was there when the Nets needed him most, in a game they could not afford to lose.

Lopez scored nine of the Nets' first 13 points on their way to a 107-68 blowout of the Magic at Amway Center. After having endured the Dwight Howard saga, the constant trade rumors and the Magic's decision to go in a different trade direction, this was a statement start for the center.

Yes, on this night, this was Brook Lopez's Magic Kingdom.

This game was nothing personal, though, Lopez said. This is how he wants to approach every game, no matter the opponent.

"I expect a lot out of myself,'' Lopez said on a night he collected 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in just 24 minutes.

Just as important as the results, Lopez got some on-court instruction during a timeout early in the game from point guard Deron Williams on how best to use his size. This is the type of teamwork that will make a difference over the long haul for Lopez and for the Nets.