NEW YORK (AP) — Brook Lopez scored a game-high 27 points, Deron Williams had 10 points and eight assists and the Brooklyn Nets ended their four-game losing streak to the Utah Jazz with a 104-88 victory Tuesday night.
There were several firsts for Brooklyn, who beat the Jazz for the first time since January 2011. Williams got his first victory over the team that traded him to the Nets in February 2011, and it was first-year coach Jason Kidd's first regular-season game on their home court. He missed the home-opening win over Miami because of a two-game suspension.
Joe Johnson had 12 points for the Nets, and Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston each had 11.
Gordon Hayward led Utah with 22 points. The Jazz have lost four straight to start the season. They had lost their first three games by an average of 3.6 points.
Enes Kanter added 21 and rookie Alec Burks chipped in 13 points.
Brooklyn opened the game on a 12-2 run. Lopez scored 19 of his 27 points in the first half to give the Nets a 54-38 lead heading into the third quarter. The Nets pounded the ball inside throughout the night, scoring 58 points on 29-for-44 shooting.
The Nets led a few times by as many as 26 points, and the entire starting lineup sat nearly all of the fourth quarter.
Williams, who has been hampered by a sprained ankle and was limited to 10 minutes during the preseason, was able to show flashes of the player that led the organization to trade a package of draft picks and former first-rounder Derrick Favors for him.
With 4:42 in the third quarter, Williams dribbled in from the top of the key and drove to his right, toward the basket, and then let an underhand shot float toward the rim as he faded away.
NOTES: Utah's Jefferson, who averaged 17.4 and 5.4 boards during his eight years with the Nets to start his NBA career praised Kidd for getting the job with their old team. He scored just two points in the loss. ... Brooklyn is now 2-0 at home while losing both of its games on the road, at Cleveland and Orlando.