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Brook Lopez scores 25 of 26 in second half amid trade rumors

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez watches from the

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez watches from the bench during the first half of an NBA game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Credit: AP / Don Ryan

WASHINGTON - Brook Lopez is used to the drill.

"I've been on the block for like 6 1/2 years now," the Nets center said Friday night. "So it's no big deal."

With yet another round of trade chatter surrounding him, Lopez brushed it off.

Hours after a proposed three-team trade with the Hornets and Thunder that would have shipped Lopez to Oklahoma City and sent Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson from Charlotte to the Nets was stymied -- and after a source confirmed that talks broke off about a possible two-team deal with the Nets and Oklahoma City that would have included Kendrick Perkins and Jeremy Lamb for Lopez -- the 7-footer showed everyone why he's such a commodity.

He scored 25 of his 26 points in the second half of the Nets' 102-80 win over the Wizards, shooting 8-for-13 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. He scored 13 of the Nets' first 15 points of the fourth quarter, dominating in such a fashion that he became the arena villain, getting booed whenever he touched the ball on offense.

Rumors? What rumors?

"I always try to ignore that," Lopez said. "Just wherever I am, I want to try to be there for my teammates, be on the floor and put forth the effort and help our team win."

Lopez, who has come off the bench in nine of 29 games and is earning $15.7 million, said there was never a point Friday when he felt his days with the Nets were over. "I like it here," he said. "I've been here my whole career. I'm kind of partial to it now."

As is Jarrett Jack, whose name also was mentioned in the three-team trade. He reportedly was headed to Charlotte if the deal went through.

"Clearly, those are things that we can't control," Jack said. "I want to finish with the guys I started with, period. Point blank. But clearly that's not up to me. It's not my decision. But if it was, that's the way I look at it.''

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