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[sny-box]The Nets set a franchise record with 21 made three-pointers, and they scored a season-high 130 points against a struggling Sixers squad.
Joe Johnson had one of the best games any Nets player has had this season, with 37 points on 65% (13-of-20) shooting, including 71.4% (10-of-14) from behind the arc. He also added seven rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes of play.
The 10 made three-pointers were a career-high for JJ, who hit 8-of-10 from deep (including a 6-of-6 start) in a 29-point third quarter.
The eight makes tied an NBA record for any quarter, and the 29 points were a career-high for a quarter for Johnson. Johnson didn't play in the fourth quarter after the Nets opened a 100-73 lead through three, the most points they've scored through three quarters this season.
Deron Williams had seven of his season-high 13 assists in the third quarter, as he kept feeding Johnson and JJ hit bucket after bucket after bucket.
Andray Blatche had his third straight 20-point game for Brooklyn.[/sny-box]
The Nets' offense came out hot, shooting 51.3% from the field in the first half, including 47.1% on 8-of-17 shooting from behind the arc. They had 16 assists on 20 first-half field goals, with really smooth ball movement throughout.
The Nets broke the game wide open in the third, led by the scorching Joe Johnson. The fourth quarter ended up being an opportunity to rest the starters, as Paul Pierce got extra reps off the bench and the Nets cruised to their easiest win of the season.
All in all, it ended up being a 42-point third quarter for Brooklyn. Four Nets had a plus/minus over 30, and six Nets scored in double figures. Five Nets players had at least three assists each, and seven Nets each had at least four rebounds.
Even Shaun Livingston, a career 20.0% shooter from behind the arc, hit a three-pointer tonight. Livingston previously hadn't made a three since the 2011-12 season. It was just that kind of night for the Nets. (And for the 76ers, for that matter.)
The Nets have the day off tomorrow and will be back in action on Wednesday, when they host the Washington Wizards at the Barclays Center. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.