The Miami HEAT may have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but on Friday night at Barclays Center, it was Paul Pierce who had the big three.

Pierce sank the game’s decisive bucket with 2:57 remaining in double-overtime. The three-pointer gave the Nets a seven point lead while James—who had fouled out in the game’s first overtime—watched from the bench.

Playing without Dwyane Wade and on the second night of a back-to-back, the HEAT battled courageously, even after James was disqualified with 36 seconds remaining in the game’s first overtime. With the HEAT trailing by two points, 93-91, and James on the bench, Chris Andersen rebounded a Joe Johnson miss and Norris Cole’s 18-foot pull-up jump shot sent the game into the second overtime.

From there, it was all Nets. But all night, it was all Shaun Livingston.

All throughout the night, over the course of his career-high 51 minutes played, Livingston was simply dominant on both ends of the floor. He scored 19 points. His five assists came within the flow of the offense and he helped the Nets play with controlled patience. His game-high 11 rebounds were also a career-high and his three blocked shots and defensive versatility gave the HEAT chills all night.

In the end, Livingston turned in a career night in what may end up being a momentous win for his team as the Nets have won five straight and are suddenly the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. If the playoffs began today, the Nets would be pitted against the HEAT in the first round, and the Nets just so happen to be the first team to beat the HEAT twice this season.

The sudden resurgence has been quite a sight to behold, but it is nothing like the continued progression of Livingston. He has been a catalyst for the team's new lease on life. And he has done it after securing his own.

“Everybody on this team knows his journey,” Kevin Garnett said when asked about Livingston’s fine performance. “Everybody’s very familiar with his story and it couldn’t happen to a better dude. I see him work everyday and I’m very, very proud to be his teammate.”

And those in attendance were proud to watch him rise in the game’s biggest moments.

With the HEAT trailing and desperately seeking to tie the game, it was Livingston who did something that no NBA player has been able to do since April 2, 2008—he caused James to foul out of a regular season game. He cut off one of James' signature beelines to the basket and when the two collided, Livingston got the benefit of the whistle.

"I was just trying to make him uncomfortable," Livingston said. "He can get to any spot on the court... He can do it all, but in that situation, he was going to the run. I just tried to bait him into driving and beat him to the spot."

He did and in the process, he helped the Nets win not only their fifth straight win overall, but their third without Deron Williams. In his stead, Livingston has filled in capably, averaging 14.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game. 

“He’s been huge for us,” Joe Johnson said on Friday night. And as for how he has filled in for Williams? Johnson sees Livingston’s versatility as one of the keys to the Nets sudden hot-streak.

“They’re two different point guards,” he said of Williams and Livingston. “Shaun is a long, lanky athletic point guard so it gives us a different look. He does so many different things. You can switch with him on defense, offensively, you can post him up and he’s a hell of a passer.”

What makes Livingston’s improbable rise even more inspiring, is that his career was thought to be over before it had even begun.

Almost eight years ago, I remember watching Livingston play for the first time in Madison Square Garden. On that night, February 7, 2006, his four points and five assists did not fill the stat sheet, but what I noticed about him immediately was that he seemed to be playing the game with a different sense of awareness than every other player on the floor.

The expediency with which he moved, made decisions and found teammates for good looks was unlike anything I had seen before, and he made many in attendance walk away in awe of his polished 20-year old game.

Lanky and rangy, Livingston was blessed with the dimensions of a small forward, yet had the ball handling ability, court vision and passing prowess of a point guard. His athleticism was off the charts and could only be matched by his impressive ability to consistently make good decisions with the ball.

That night, I walked away certain that Livingston would one day be an All-Star, but one year later, after his game had showed marked improvement, his career trajectory would change forever.

On February 27, 2007, as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, he essentially ripped his left knee in half, laterally, tearing his ACL, MCL, PCL and lateral meniscus. After missing the final 28 games of the 2006-07 season, Livingston missed the entire 2007-08 season and was released by the Clippers on July 10, 2008.

When his left knee and the Clippers seemed to have given up on him, he refused to give up on himself, and since then, slowly but surely, he has kept his faith and found himself back in an NBA rotation.

Now, with the Nets reeling and the season slipping away, out of necessity, he has been called to action and has responded amazingly.

“I’ve been through a lot, I’ve been in some rough places, especially right after my injury,” Livingston said on Friday. “Those doubts kinda turn to faith, obviously, and my family, everyone that's in my corner, God, it brought me a long way.”

Having traveled a long way, Livingston is focused on the present.

“I try not to think about it,” he said when asked if he felt he has reverted to the player he was before the 2007 injury. “You can’t live in the past,” he said dismissively.

The road back to this point has seen countless stops and numerous bumps. From Miami, Oklahoma City, Washington, Charlotte, Milwaukee and Cleveland, the road to Brooklyn has been long and circuitous.

That he bested one of his former teams probably made Friday’s career night more special for him.

“He was great,” HEAT head coach Erik Spoelstra said afterward. “He’s really improved and he’s healthy now. He’s confident. Even as a competitor, you’re happy for him… He’s been on a long road to get to this point. He deserves it and he’s worked at it while he is pure about it.”

And on Friday night, that journey had led to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. It pitted Livingston against a man wearing “King James” on the back of his jersey, but in the end, it was Livingston who reigned.

To that, we were all witnesses.

With 1:27 remaining and the Nets ahead by nine points, Livingston fittingly gave the Nets their largest lead of the night—11 points. He did so after using a Garnett screen and a spin-move to shake free from his defender on the play, Cole. Livingston, like he had done all night, rose majestically and easily soared through the air, dunking the ball for the second time that night.

Yes, Livingston soared through the air and glided across the court all night against the two-time defending NBA champions, but the movements he made at Barclays Center on his career night pale in comparison to the journey he has been on since February 2007.

With a renewed spirit, Livingston is rejuvenated. And with Livingston, the Nets are ascending.

Just how high they can collectively rise in Brook Lopez’s absence remains to be seen, but if Friday night’s victory was any indication, with the spirit, commitment and fight that was missing through the first three months of the NBA year—the best certainly seems as though it is yet to come—for both the Nets and Livingston alike.

Moke Hamilton is the NBA Analyst for SNY.tv and contributes regularly to SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MokeHamilton.

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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)

MOSCOW (AP) - Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has told Russian media he's selling a 49 percent stake in the NBA club.

The Russian billionaire announced his intention to sell a minority stake in December, and now says "49 percent of the Brooklyn shares are up for sale," in comments reported by R-Sport.

He adds that "currently the process is going on and we are looking for a buyer."

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Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks talks about evaluating the roster during the offseason after his team finished last in the Eastern Conference.

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks said he wants the organization and its fans to be patient with its goal of making the playoffs after finishing with the NBA's worst record this season.

"We're going to have to build this strategically, have patience with it," Marks told Newsday's Greg Logan at an end-of-season press conference on Monday, "... We're going to have a big-picture view on this looking down the road."

The Nets will swap their first-round pick this season with the Boston Celtics, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and also traded their 2018 first-round pick to the Celtics as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade from 2013.

Marks, who had been a San Antonio Spurs assistant GM for two years before becoming Nets GM last February, said the team will explore all options.

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Brooklyn Nets players recap a season that ended on an optimistic note despite a league-worst 20-62 record.

Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the depleted Brooklyn Nets 112-73 in the regular-season finale to clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot on Wednesday.

Paul Zipser added a career-high 21 points off the bench as Chicago took advantage of a short-handed Brooklyn lineup to secure its first playoff appearance under coach Fred Hoiberg.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to help the Boston Celtics beat back a fourth-quarter charge and defeat the Brooklyn Nets 114-105 on Monday night to keep alive their hopes of securing the Eastern Conference's top seed.

The Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and can finish with no worse than the No. 2 seed.

Al Horford added 19 points and eight rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)

Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez became the franchise's all-time leading scorer in Monday's game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

Lopez scored 25 points in a 114-105 loss to end his night with 10,444 career points, passing Buck Williams, who scored 10,440 points in his Nets career. Lopez passed Williams with a fadeaway jumper late in the fourth quarter.

With one game remaining in the 2016-17 season, Lopez, 29, has averaged 20.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

 

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Apr 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives up to the net during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives up to the net during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK (AP) Dwyane Wade returned but the Chicago Bulls sustained a potentially costly loss when the Brooklyn Nets beat them 107-106 on Saturday.

Spencer Dinwiddie made four free throws in the final 13.6 seconds for the Nets in their home finale. He scored 19 points, as did rookie Caris LeVert. >> Read more

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Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet)
Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet)

The Nets host the Bulls at 5 p.m. at Barclays Center. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Bulls have won five of the last six games in this series, including both meetings in 2016-17. Chicago and Brooklyn will face each other one more time after Saturday, on the final day on the regular season (April 12).
  • Entering this weekend, Chicago sat in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but was just 0.5 game ahead of ninth-place Miami. Entering this weekend, the Bulls' .278 remaining strength of schedule was the easiest in the league; their final three games are against the Nets (twice) and the Magic.
  • After going 0-7 in April last season, the Nets have opened the month at 3-1 in 2016-17. Brooklyn is shooting 50.3 percent from the field this month; entering this weekend, that was sixth best the league, second best among Eastern Conference teams.
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Apr 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. The Magic won 107-115. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)
Apr 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. The Magic won 107-115. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Elfrid Payton had 22 points, 11 assists and five rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-107 on Thursday night.

Aaron Gordon added 21 points, Jodie Meeks had 20, and Nikola Vucevic finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Magic had lost five straight.

Jeremy Lin led Brooklyn with 32 points, and Caris LeVert had 20. The Nets had won a season-high three games in a row.

Orlando outscored Brooklyn 36-21 in the third quarter. Meeks, who was scoreless in the first half, had 18 points, including 13 straight in the middle of the period. Payton had eight assists in the quarter.  >> Read more

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Eamon McAnaney reports from MSG and breaks down all the news and action from the Knicks 106-103 loss to the Washington Wizards.

NEW YORK (AP) Bradley Beal scored 25 points and made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 49 seconds left as the Washington Wizards beat the New York Knicks 106-103 on Thursday night.

John Wall added 24 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter but recovered to improve to 48-31, tying Toronto for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Washington is trying for its first 50-win season since 1978-79. Marcin Gortat was 7 for 7 from the field and scored 16 points for the Wizards. They have won seven straight at Madison Square Garden.

Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points for the Knicks, who are a loss away from their third consecutive 50-loss season. >> Read more

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Apr 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; ZZZ Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives against Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (1) in the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Apr 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; ZZZ Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives against Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (1) in the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

Recap

Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin each scored 16 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a rare rout, 141-118 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

The 19-win Nets have been buried in last place in the NBA standings for most of the season and not even a recent surge could budge them out of the cellar.

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(Jennifer Stewart)

The Nets are finalizing a two-year contract with G Archie Goodwinreports Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Goodwin's deal will include the remainder of this season and cover next season.

He initially signed a 10-day contract with the Nets in March.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Brook Lopez scored 29 points, Jeremy Lin had 15, and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled Paul Millsap's return to the lineup by beating the Atlanta Hawks 91-82 on Sunday.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 11 points for the Nets, who have won two straight games.

Dennis Schroder scored 16 points, while Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 14 for the Hawks, who have lost two straight.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets shut down forward Joe Harris for the rest of the season with a sprained left shoulder, according to SB Nation's Anthony Puccio.

Harris has not played since March 3 when he took a hard fall going up for a block in a game against the Utah Jazz, missing the Nets' last 17 games, including Sunday.

The 25-year-old Harris has averaged 8.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 52 games with Brooklyn this season.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Hawks find themselves in a position where three games separate five teams in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race.

With six games remaining, the Hawks are 39-37. They are in sixth place, one game behind the surging Milwaukee Bucks and two up on the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.

If there are more slip-ups, the situation might become less secure for the Hawks, who visit the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night. >> Read more

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Apr 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) puts up a shot against Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets won 121-111. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Apr 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) puts up a shot against Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets won 121-111. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored 30 points, Trevor Booker had a season-high 23 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 121-111 on Saturday.  

Sean Kilpatrick added 15 points for the Nets, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Brooklyn had a season-high 72 points in the paint.

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Mar 30, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Mar 30, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Marcus Morris had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Ish Smith hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, helping the Detroit Pistons beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-89 on Thursday night.

Smith, who finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists, gave the Pistons an 87-86 lead with 30 seconds left. Brook Lopez missed a 3-pointer on the Nets' ensuing possession, and Detroit sealed it at the free-throw line.

Sean Kilpatrick scored 15 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jeremy Lin each had 14 points for the Nets. Lopez added 11 points and nine rebounds. >> Read more...

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The Nets look to improve to 3-0 against the Pistons as they meet at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • In the most recent meeting between these teams (March 21), Brook Lopez hit a running jump shot as time expired to give the Nets a 98-96 victory. Brooklyn leads the season series 2-0, but has lost its last three games in Detroit.
  • Brooklyn has gone 7-9 (.438) in March, which is just two wins shy of its total number of wins from October thru February (9-49).
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez passes the ball away from Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric and guard T.J. McConnell during the first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez passes the ball away from Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric and guard T.J. McConnell during the first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Dario Saric scored 23 points, Robert Covington had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the undermanned Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-101 on Tuesday night.

Rookie guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot had 17 points and nine boards for the 76ers, who dressed only nine players.

Philadelphia was without center Jahlil Okafor, who missed his third straight game due to right knee soreness, and veteran guard Gerald Henderson, who did not play because of soreness in his left hip.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The 76ers fell to the Pacers on the road on Sunday, 107-94. Philadelphia is 6-25 (.194) on the season when they fail to score at least 100 points in a game.
  • The Nets defeated the Hawks in Atlanta, 107-92, on Sunday for their third win in their past four games. Brooklyn has seven wins just in the month of March after having nine wins combined from October through February.

 

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Mar 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Mar 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

ATLANTA (AP) Brook Lopez scored 23 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat Atlanta 107-92 on Sunday, handing the short-handed Hawks their seventh straight loss.

Lopez became the Nets' career leader in field goals, passing Buck Williams, made when he sank a 10-foot jumper with less than five minutes remaining.

Jeremy Lin had 19 points for the Nets (16-57), who have won three of four and are 7-8 in March to improve their league-worst record. >> Read more...

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Mar 24, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles past Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the second half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 24, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles past Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the second half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

WASHINGTON (AP) John Wall scored 22 points despite dealing with migraine headache symptoms earlier in the day, Bradley Beal added 19 points and the Washington Wizards cruised past the Brooklyn Nets 129-108 on Friday night.

Brandon Jennings had 18 points, one of three bench players to score in double-figures as the third-place Wizards moved a game ahead of idle Toronto in the Eastern Conference.

Wall and Jennings each had nine assists as Washington won its second straight before embarking on a five-game road trip.

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Mar 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) attempts to block a shot by Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr.during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) attempts to block a shot by Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr.during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored 19 points, K.J. McDaniels had a season-high 16 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Phoenix Suns 126-98 on Thursday night to give them consecutive victories for the first time this season.

Trevor Booker added 14 points for the league-worst Nets, who beat Detroit on Tuesday.

Brooklyn took a commanding 84-65 lead into the fourth quarter as Lopez scored 12 points in the third quarter. Brooklyn held Phoenix to 15 points, the fewest points the Nets have allowed in the third quarter this season. >> Read more...

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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) handles the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) handles the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin will be available for tonight's game against the Suns, head coach Kenny Atkinson said. 

Lin played just seven minutes before leaving Sunday's loss to the Mavericks with a sprained right ankle. The injury forced him to sit out Tuesday's win over the Pistons, the 44th game he has missed this season. 

The 28-year-old has played in only 25 games, averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 assists.

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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson complains about a foul called against Nets during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104.
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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson complains about a foul called against Nets during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Nets look to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a year as they host the Suns at Barclays Center on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Nets are 7-2 (.778) against the Suns since moving to Brooklyn in 2012-13, their best record against an opponent during that time span.
  • The Suns dropped their fifth consecutive game after Tuesday's 112-97 road loss to the Heat. Phoenix has lost eight of its last nine road contests.
  • The Nets defeated the Pistons at the buzzer on Tuesday via a Brook Lopez jump shot for the team's fifth win in the month of March (5-7). Brooklyn had won just four games in the three previous months combined (4-37).
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Mar 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Brook Lopez made a jumper as time expired to give the Brooklyn Nets a 98-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

The Pistons, fighting for a playoff spot, wiped out a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to tie it at 96 on Tobias Harris' follow shot with 2.4 seconds left.

Lopez then took the inbounds pass moving left, dribbled toward the baseline and shot the jumper as it appeared he might lose control of the ball, making the shot to cap a 29-point night. >> Read more...


Next game: The Nets return to action Thursday against the Suns in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)

Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick and forward Joe Harris will miss Tuesday's game vs. the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center, while Jeremy Lin is doubtful, the team announced.

Kilpatrick suffered an injured left hamstring while Joe Harris has a left shoulder injury.

Lin is dealing with a sprained right ankle and was limited to just seven minutes in Sunday's 111-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Kilpatrick averages 13.3 points and four rebounds per game, while Harris averages 8.2 and 2.8. Lin, who has played just 25 games this season, is averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 assists.

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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Nerlens Noel (3) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard K.J. McDaniels (14) during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104. fMandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Nerlens Noel (3) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard K.J. McDaniels (14) during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104. fMandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds, J.J. Barea scored 20 and the Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-104 Sunday.

The Mavericks led 94-92 with more than five minutes left before Barea scored nine straight Dallas points. Harrison Barnes added 19 points for the Mavericks.

After Barea's surge, Barnes' two layups made it 107-101 with 26.5 seconds remaining.

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Mar 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to an official during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston won 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to an official during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston won 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Nets remain the worst team in the league and have split four games since their last meeting with Dallas. Brooklyn is 4-8 since the All-Star break, when Jeremy Lin returned from a second strained left hamstring.

Three of Brooklyn's last four losses were by single digits and the Nets are 8-26 in games decided by fewer than 10 points.

The latest was a 98-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday. In their 18th loss in the last 19 home games, the Nets missed potential 3-pointers by Brook Lopez and Quincy Acy in the final six seconds.

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Boston's Al Horford blocks a shot by Brooklyn's Isaiah Whitehead during the first half. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Boston's Al Horford blocks a shot by Brooklyn's Isaiah Whitehead during the first half. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jae Crowder scored 23 points as the Celtics, playing without Isaiah Thomas, held off the Nets for a 98-95 victory at Barclays Center Friday.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Brook Lopez scored a game-high 24 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets defeated the Knicks for the second time in five days, 121-110, Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn defeated New York 120-112 on Sunday at the Barclays Center.

The Nets trailed by seven at halftime and were down 67-58 with 9:53 left in the third. Brooklyn finished the third quarter on a 34-20 run to take a 92-87 lead into the final period.

Tags: Brook Lopez, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
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 (Nicole Sweet)
(Nicole Sweet)

The Knicks host the Nets at Madison Square Garden tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks have made at least 10 three-pointers in each of their last six games against the Nets in Madison Square Garden and have won the last three contests (won, 110-96, on November 9 earlier this season).
  • The Nets have allowed at least 100 points in 42 consecutive road games dating back to last season, the longest streak since the Denver Nuggets did so in 49 straight games (1989-90 to 1991-92).
  • The Knicks tied their lowest scoring output of the season, but still defeated the Pacers on Tuesday, 87-81. New York has only lost twice this season when its opponent scores 100 points or less (11-2).
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Brook Lopez notes how familiar the Nets are with the crosstown rival Knicks, and Jeremy Lin says the Nets must treat it like any other game.

Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at the United Center. (Mike Dinovo)
Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at the United Center. (Mike Dinovo)

Joe Harris (concussion/shoulder) and Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) have both been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Knicks, the team announced. 

Harris will now be sidelined for his seventh consecutive game. Kilpatrick suffered the hamstring injury during Tuesday's game against the Thunder. 

Harris is averaging 8.2 points per game this season while Kilpatrick has averaged 13.3 points and four rebounds per contest. 

 


 (Jennifer Stewart)
(Jennifer Stewart)

The Nets will sign guard Archie Goodwin to a 10-day contract, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Goodwin has spent a majority of this season with the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA D-League. In 34 games with the Swarm, the 22-year old guard is averaging 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 32.7 minutes per game.

Goodwin, who played three seasons with the Suns, has appeared in 153 games over his career, averaging 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 14.5 minutes per game.

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