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Report Card Grades for Brook Lopez's Return from Injury
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The Brooklyn Nets found two things on Friday night that they'd been missing of late: Brook Lopez and home victories.

Lopez played for the first time since spraining his right foot against the Boston Celtics on November 28.

Brooklyn's big man missed seven games, five of those being Brooklyn losses. And four of those defeats came inside their luxurious new digs, the Barclays Center.

The Detroit Pistons (7-18) gave the Nets (13-9) everything they had, forcing the game into double overtime. But Joe Johnson's buzzer-beater lifted the Nets to a 107-105 win.

Lopez played just 10 seconds shy of the 24-minute mark that coach Avery Johnson laid out before the game.

He won't jump out of the box score, but he made an immediate and consistent impact on his team.

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