With the victory, Brooklyn officially clinched a playoff berth, and they moved to within 1.5 games of both the Raptors and Bulls with only nine games left to play.
When the Nets have played their best, they've shared the ball and taken advantage of open looks. They did that again yesterday, shooting 53.0% from the field as a team.
The biggest beneficiary Tuesday was Joe Johnson, who shot 61.9 percentfrom the field (13-of-21) to score a game-high 32 points. JJ also had a game-high +17 plus/minus.
Johnson didn't really force anything, yet he found himself getting open looks all night and he took full advantage of it. That's the beauty of a Nets offense that runs smoothly and efficiently with an entire team buying in the ball movement-heavy system. The Nets had 23 assists on 44 field goals last night.
Beating the Rockets is no small feat, either. We've heard so much about the Nets and their Eastern Conference-best 30-12 record since January 1, but Houston is 28-11 in that span as well, and they were 12-7 on the road since January 1 entering last night.
The Nets are now an incredible 20-2 at home since January 1, and they've won 21 of their last 23 home games overall. Within shouting distance of a top four seed, it would obviously be enormous for the Nets to nab home court in Brooklyn in round one.