Down six points in the fourth quarter, the Nets, with a five-game winning streak on the line, were in trouble. Their big man and should-be All-Star, Brook Lopez, had been stifled, so the Nets were deprived of a vital threat. Then came a soft jumper from Lopez, and then another. The Nets were instantly transformed. Next time down the court, he drew the defense close and kicked the ball out, leaving another scorer, Joe Johnson, open. The Nets were on their way.