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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 (Kevin Jairaj)
(Kevin Jairaj)

Free agent G J.J. Redick has been working out with Nets' PG Jeremy Lin in Brooklyn, per NY Post's Brian Lewis. 

Redick owns a $4.2 million condo he recently purchased in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, and the Nets are hoping to permanently relocate him to the city as they are interested in signing him. 

The 33-year-old is a three-point specialist that the Nets could slip right into their offensive scheme. The Nets shot 31.6 three-pointers per game last season, making 33.8 percent of them. Redick averaged 15.0 points while shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates whether Lavar Ball is a genius or a distraction.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates whether Lavar Ball is a genius or a distraction.

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The Nets introduced 22nd overall pick Jarrett Allen to the New York media on Monday. (Michael Noble Jr.)
The Nets introduced 22nd overall pick Jarrett Allen to the New York media on Monday. (Michael Noble Jr.)

The Brooklyn Nets introduced newcomers Timofey Mozgov, D'Angelo Russell, and Jarrett Allen to the New York media.

Elsewhere, Odell Beckahm Jr. was named the eighth best player in the NFL by NFL Network, the Mets trade rumors continue and the Yankees get a much-needed victory.  

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The Brooklyn Nets introduced their newly acquired players, D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov, from a trade with the Lakers on Monday night

Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

D'Angelo Russell wasn't only traded, he was insulted on the way out the door.

After the Los Angeles Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, team President Magic Johnson said Russell played well but stressed that he needed a leader as his point guard. Given that Johnson is one of the greatest ever to play the position, the sting might have really hurt Russell.

But his turbulent time in Los Angeles is over, so the only voices Russell are listening to are in Brooklyn.

"It's good to be here. I can't really control that, what they say," Russell said Monday. "I'm gone. It's the past. I'm here now. It's irrelevant, honestly."

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(Aaron Doster)

Former Nets F Kenyon Martin thinks that Nets fans are 'getting cheated,' per Newsday's Neil Best.

Martin was one of the prominent former NBA stars featured during the opening night of the BIG3 three-on-three league at Barclays Center Sunday. He wasn't afraid to voice his opinions on the two New York teams saying both lack talent that the fans want to see. 

"They appreciate good talent," Martin said, "and as of late the Knicks and Nets haven't had that. I'm saying both side, the talent level hasn't been there. So I think they're cheating the fans, man. I really do think the fans of Brooklyn and over the way [in Manhattan], man, they're getting cheated." 

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KJ McDaniels (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
KJ McDaniels (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets plan to decline the team option on guard KJ McDanielsThe Vertical's Shams Charania reports.

McDaniels, 24, averaged 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 49 games with the Nets and Houston Rockets last season.

In 148 career games, he has averaged 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds with the Rockets, Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, who drafted him 32nd overall in 2014.

McDaniels will become a free agent after the team declined his $3.5 million team option for 2017-18.

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Jarrett Allen speaks with SNY's Jeane Coakley about joining the Brooklyn Nets and what he hopes to bring to the franchise.

Jarrett Allen speaks with SNY's Jeane Coakley about joining the Nets and what he hopes to bring to the franchise.

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

In Thursday's NBA draft, the Nets selected Jarrett Allen and Aleksander Vezenkov. 

Elsewhere, blunders cost the Yankees, the Mets continue their skid, and the two local MLS teams gear up for the Hudson River Derby. 

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Nets choose Texas big man Allen 00:01:03
Justine Ward sits down with the latest addition to the Brooklyn Nets, Jarrett Allen from Texas

The Nets selected C Jarrett Allen with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Jun 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks before the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jun 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks before the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

The Nets selected Aleksandar Vezenkov with the No. 57 overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Vezenkov, 21, currently plays for FC Barcelona and is not expected to join the Nets immediately. 

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(Geoff Burke)

In The Undefeated's latest mock draft, the Nets select Michigan F D.J. Wilson with the No. 22 overal pick, per Marc J. Spears. 

Spears writes, "The Brooklyn Nets land a late bloomer with a 7-3 wingspan whose stock rose during the NCAA tournament when he averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 blocks in three games."

Wilson took on a bigger role for the Wolverines in his junior season, averaging 30.4 minutes per game compared to 6.1 minutes the previous year. he finished the season with 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

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Is NYC still basketball mecca? 00:03:10
Eamon McAnaney reports on the state of basketball in New York City, which may be losing it's claim as the epicenter of hoops talent.

SNY's Eamon McAnaney reports on the state of basketball in New York City, which may be losing its claim as the epicenter of hoops talent. 

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Michelle Yu catches up with all of the top prospects heading into Thursday night's NBA draft in Brooklyn.

Michelle Yu catches up with all of the top prospects heading into Thursday night's NBA draft in Brooklyn. 

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The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night.  (Winslow Townson/AP)
The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Two days before the NBA draft, the Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov from the Lakers

Elsewhere, the Mets are pounded by the Dodgers, the Yankees' losing streak hits seven and the Knicks are reportedly mulling dealing Kristaps Porzingis

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The Nets are trading Brook Lopez and their 27th overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday in exchange for Tim Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.com, citing sources.

In 54 games this past season for the Lakers, Mozgov averaged 7.4 points per game, while D'Angelo Russell averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game. 

Lopez played eight seasons for the Nets, who drafted him 10th overall in 2008. 

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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)

The Nets are reportedly looking to deal away their No. 22 and No. 27 picks to move up in the NBA Draft, per Basketball Insiders' Michael Scotto.

Finishing with a league-worst 20-62 record last season, the Nets don't have a high draft pick because of their infamous trade with the Boston Celtics in July 2013. 

DraftExpress.com have the Nets targeting a frontcourt player as F D.J. Wilson i set to be picked with their No. 22 pick, and C Anzejs Pasecniks with their No. 27 pick. 

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(Reese Strickland)

The Nets have hosted numerous prospects heading into the NBA draft, including top guards Jawun Evans and Terrance Ferguson, per NY Post's Brian Lewis. 

An Oklahoma State product, Evans stands at just 6-foot-1, and though the NBA doesn't normally translate well with short guards, he uses inspiration from players like Chris Paul and Isaiah Thomas boost his confidence. 

"It just means great things to me, how great those guys [are]: Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomas, just seeing the big roles they play for their teams," Evans said. "So I feel like I can come in, develop that and hopefully one day I'll be as good as them."

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(Bob Rosato)

The Nets reportedly hired Sasa Obradovic, who will join the Nets' coaching staff at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas next month, according to NY Post's Brian Lewis. 

The addition of Obradovic suggests that the Nets are all-in on Serbian free-agent, PG Milos Teodosic. Obradovic coached Teodosic on the Serbian national team in the 2016 Olympics where Serbia received a silver medal. 

Teodosic tallied 18 points and six assists against the United States in that game, going up against two of the NBA's best point guards in Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said Teodosic is "as good of a player, and as good of a guard, as there is in Europe. I love him. We're friends."

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JRSportBrief: Warrior perfection 00:01:31
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why NBA fans should get used to the Warriors' winning ways.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why NBA fans should get used to the Warriors' winning ways.

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JRSportBrief: NYC tough? 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes. 

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Jan 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Washington Wizards won 113-110. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Washington Wizards won 113-110. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets could make a push for Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. and Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during free agency this summer, according to ESPN.com.

Both Porter and Caldwell-Pope are restricted free agents, meaning their respective teams are allowed to match any contract offers the players receive. 

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Jeff Griffith/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Jeff Griffith/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin believes Brooklyn, which finished with the worst record in the NBA this season, could make the playoffs next year if the team stays healthy.

"I hope we can be very healthy next year. I feel we can get into the playoffs," Lin said in an interview with JD.com (via SLAM) that was translated by a Reddit user. "If we didn't get injured this year… I mean, I only played 24 minutes a game this year. If I could play more of if I didn't get injured, I feel we have a chance of getting into the playoffs."

Lin averaged 14.5 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 36 games with Brooklyn last season, missing extended periods of time due to various ankle and hamstring injuries.

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

The Celtics landed the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (June 22) from the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Nets gave up three first round picks in a trade with the Boston Celtics that helped them acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, among others. The Celtics will have the Nets' 2018 first round pick in addition to this year's selection. 

The Celtics beat the Wizards in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday night. They will face off with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, but will still have the number one overall pick.

Meanwhile, the Nets finished the 2016-17 season with a 20-62 record. Kenny Atkinson was in his first year as head coach of the team. 

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 (Kelly Kline)
(Kelly Kline)

NBA prospect Hamidou Diallo said he met with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday at the NBA Combine, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

Brooklyn was one of ten teams to meet the 18-year-old guard.

Diallo's 44 1/2 inch max vertical at the scouting cambine marked the second-highest in history, according to ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman.

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Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern said he had "no idea" what Brooklyn Nets executives were thinking when the team rested Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin, and Trevor Booker in their season-ending 112-73 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

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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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GEICO SportsNite: Nets offseason 00:00:46
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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GEICO SportsNite: Nets 00:01:38
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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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:01:31
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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