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The Nets (40-33) defeated the Houston Rockets (49-24) by a score of 105-96.

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[sny-box]Joe Johnson led the Nets with 32 points (13-of-21 shooting, 4-of-8 from deep) to go along with three rebounds, three assists, and a steal. He has now made a three pointer in 22 consecutive games.

Shaun Livingston added 17 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Andray Blatche had 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 20 minutes off the bench.

Brooklyn shot 53% from the field (44-for-83).

The Nets snapped their 14 game losing streak against the Rockets, and extended their home winning streak to a franchise-best 14 games.

With the win, Brooklyn clinched a playoff berth[/sny-box]

Interesting to see the Nets attempt to play the Rockets' fast-paced game. Frankly, they did a pretty solid job, even when Jorge Gutierrez running the point. It's encouraging, because at some point in the postseason, Brooklyn may need to prove they can go high-octane, and tonight, they showed they can run with one of the best offensive teams in the league.

That said, despite holding the Rockets to 38.1% shooting, Brooklyn was getting dominated on second-chance buckets in the first half. At one point, the Nets were being outscored 11-0, thanks in large part to Omer Asik's career-high 23 rebounds. But Brooklyn upped the intensity nicely and just got themselves so many good looks that the Rockets just couldn't keep up.

Beastly effort by Joe Johnson. He had everything working tonight: the post-up, the deep shot from the wing. It was just clicking on all cylinders for Joe Jesus. It seems like every night, it's someone different doing the heavy lifting, as Brooklyn is getting contributions from everyone. It couldn't come at a better time.

The Nets will be back in action Wednesday night when they head to the Garden to take on the Knicks. Game time is 7:00 PM.

Tags: Nets , Brian Erni
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