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 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

The Nets have traded Thaddeus Young to the Pacers for the 20th overall pick in tonight's NBA Draft and a future second-round pick, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

There were also several Western Conference teams interested in acquiring Young, according to Wojnarowski.

It was reported earlier this month by Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy that the Nets were aggressively seeking to acquire a first-round pick.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Those in the know believe the Nets will acquire a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which takes place on June 23.

On Sunday, Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy, citing sources, tweeted that both the Knicks and Nets are aggressively seeking to acquire a first-round pick.

Later, Kennedy said the prevailing notion around the league is that the Nets will acquire a first-rounder before the draft.

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Brooklyn Nets player Thaddeus Young answers questions from media during press conference for new head coach Kenny Atkinson (not pictured) at HSS Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets player Thaddeus Young answers questions from media during press conference for new head coach Kenny Atkinson (not pictured) at HSS Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Thaddeus Young want to stay in Brooklyn, and he was apparently told that he'll get his wish.

 

Young, who signed a four-year contract with the Nets last offseason, told reporters that the Nets front office has assured him that neither he or Brook Lopez will not be traded.

 

""I've been told I'll be here," Young said. "Along with Brook."

 

When asked about Young's comments, Nets general manager Sean Marks was non-committal, but seemed like he intended to hang on to his two stars.

 

"What I said before is you have to be fluid. You never know what is going to come your way," Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters on Monday. "I hope that they're part of this. They're both terrific people, and I hope to maximize their talent and help build around them."

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

I think Marks has the right idea here. If some team comes in and offers the world for either of these guys, he certainly has to consider it. After all, it's unlikely that Lopez and Young will be regular contributors by the time this team is ready to seriously contend, so if they can get some assets for either player, he has to think about it. That said, there's value in honoring the deals these guys signed last summer, and also building a culture inside the organization that fosters a winning attitude.

 

The reason people disagree with the massive tanking approach a team like the Sixers have taken isn't because it's just brutal to watch. It's also because when you encourage regular losing like Philadelphia has, how do you stop on a dime and make the organization about winning? One assumes it's the natural development of young players, but even sure-fire, can't miss prospects need a strong and steady example to learn how to win. If your team is just stacked with replacement level players, it's hard to truly bring along a top flight talent.

 

So in Brook and Thad, the Nets have to components that not only can attract some free agents, but will help the next generation of guys like Chris McCullough and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson develop. That it and of itself is reason to keep them around.

Tags: Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, Brian Erni
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Point guard Jeremy Lin could be on the Nets radar this summer.  (Steve Mitchell)
Point guard Jeremy Lin could be on the Nets radar this summer. (Steve Mitchell)

The Nets' new head coach was the assistant that helped unleash "Linsanity" on New York back in 2012, and with the Nets in need of a point guard, a reunion may be in the cards. 

"I think you could see Jeremy Lin, who's going to be a free agent, I could see him looking at Brooklyn as a destination for him because a) he's coming back to New York where he can become a megastar again, but b) because that's the coach," Knicks analyst Alan Hahn said on ESPN Radio. Kenny Atkinson is the reason Linsanity was Linsanity. Jeremy will tell you that." 

NetsDaily cites sources that say Brooklyn offered Lin a multi-year deal last offseason, but the two sides were about $1.5 million apart on a starting salary.

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Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 on Friday night to split the season series with their city rival.

Derrick Williams had 16 points in place of injured starter Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks avoided dropping the four-game series for the second straight season. Jerian Grant, also getting a start because of injury, finished with 14 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

Porzingis has a strained right shoulder and Jose Calderon is out with a deep thigh bruise. It's unclear if either will play again this season.

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Thaddeus Young
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 on Friday night to split the season series with their city rival.

Derrick Williams had 16 points in place of injured starter Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks avoided dropping the four-game series for the second straight season. Jerian Grant, also getting a start because of injury, finished with 14 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

Porzingis has a strained right shoulder and Jose Calderon is out with a deep thigh bruise. It's unclear if either will play again this season.

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Thaddeus Young
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks play the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Nets have won six of the last seven games in this series. However, their one loss to the Knicks in this stretch came at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 4.
  • Brooklyn has dropped its last seven games when playing on zero days' rest. The Nets have allowed 100 or more points in every game during this skid, including 130+ points in the last two.
  • The Knicks have played 37 home games in 2015-16. More than half of those contests (19 of 37) have been decided by 10 or more points, including seven of the last eight.
  • Thomas Robinson has now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games after posting just two in his first 64 games of the season.
  • Thaddeus Young has had 10+ points and 5+ rebounds in each of his last nine games versus the Knicks. That is tied for the third-longest active such streak by any player against the Knicks.
  • Carmelo Anthony had 31 points in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks. He has now scored 20 or more points in each of his last six, as well as in 14 of his last 15, contests.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Thaddeus Young, Thomas Robinson

Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Nets have won six of the last seven games in this series. However, their one loss to the Knicks in this stretch came at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 4.
  • Brooklyn has dropped its last seven games when playing on zero days' rest. The Nets have allowed 100 or more points in every game during this skid, including 130+ points in the last two.
  • The Knicks have played 37 home games in 2015-16. More than half of those contests (19 of 37) have been decided by 10 or more points, including seven of the last eight.
  • Thomas Robinson has now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games after posting just two in his first 64 games of the season.
  • Thaddeus Young has had 10+ points and 5+ rebounds in each of his last nine games versus the Knicks. That is tied for the third-longest active such streak by any player against the Knicks.
  • Carmelo Anthony had 31 points in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks. He has now scored 20 or more points in each of his last six, as well as in 14 of his last 15, contests.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Thaddeus Young, Thomas Robinson

Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard)
Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

The Nets have their eyes on their watches, as they wait for the remainder of the 2015-16 season to mercifully expire. After allowing 139 points to the Magic on Tuesday, the Nets folded against the Cavaliers on Thursday, trailing by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter. Is it over yet?

 

"I think the mindset of the whole team, myself included, I think guys are worried that there's not much time left, we're not fighting for anything," Thomas Robinson told reporters after Brooklyn's blowout loss on Tuesday. "No knock on our team, but mentally it's tough to keep fighting in games and showing up every night the way things are going for us, and the end of the season being so close. I think that's a problem we've got to shake real quick."

 

It's a candid thought, and one that I really can't blame anyone in a Nets uniform for having. This season has been a slog through the sobering reality of what happens when you mortgage your future and go belly up. There has been a coaching change and front office turnover to go along with injuries, regressions, and the buyout of the team's leader for the last three seasons. So if Brooklyn is finally ready to pack up shop, well…they're a couple months behind the rest of us.

 

Don't get me wrong, this team played hard for interim coach Tony Brown. They won some shockers (last week's triumph over King James and company comes to mind), and were in some tough ones late that they probably didn't have any business being in. That in and of itself is a victory. Sean Kilpatrick has been a mini-revelation, earning himself a three-year deal after coming out of obscurity, and we got some sneak peaks at future core players (like Chris McCullough), as they played some productive NBA minutes.

 

But the reality is that this is a situation that's going to get worse before it gets better, and it makes me feel for some of the veterans, specifically Brook Lopez and Thad Young, who committed to multiple years of this mess last summer. It's going to be a few years before basketball in Brooklyn gets people excited again. I think they finally have the right man for the job in Sean Marks, but he has a mountain of work to do.

 

So with seven games remaining, I'm giving the Nets a pass. If they're already mentally laying on a beach somewhere, or thinking about their first morning of sleeping in without a practice or a shoot around to get to, more power to them. Because the next few years are going to require a lot of work to get this franchise back to a respectable level. I just hope when the time comes, some of these guys will still be here and ready to answer the bell.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is fouled by Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is fouled by Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Dwyane Wade had 30 points and nine assists, Hassan Whiteside scored a career-high 27 points off the bench and the Miami Heat pulled away to beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-99 on Monday night.

Josh Richardson finished with 16 points in a spot start and Justise Winslow added 13 for Miami, which clamped down defensively in the second half.

Brook Lopez scored 26 points for Brooklyn, which had its streak of seven straight games with 100 or more points - the team's longest in two years - come to an end. Thaddeus Young made his first 10 shots and scored 20 for the Nets, who got 14 from Sean Kilpatrick.

Wade is averaging 27.1 points in his last seven games against the Nets. He shot 14 for 19 from the field on Monday, helping ensure that Joe Johnson's first game against his former team would be a winning one. >> Read more

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Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic dunks during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic dunks during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Detroit Pistons on the road Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 44 points and the Brooklyn Nets had a season-high scoring total in a 131-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points, Brook Lopez added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets.

Isaiah Canaan led the 76ers with 20 points, while Nerlens Noel, Ish Smith and Nik Stauskas each had 18.

Bogdanovic's previous career high was 28 points against Orlando last April 15. His total was the most for a Nets player since Deron Williams scored 57 on March 4, 2012, and the most by any Nets player since the team moved to Brooklyn prior to the 2012-13 season. >> Read more

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 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

The Nets face the 76ers at Barclays Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • With a win tonight, the 76ers (2-1 vs. Brooklyn this season) will win the season series against the Nets for the first time since the 2010-11 season (4-0 that season). With their 95-89 home victory over the Nets on March 11, Philadelphia snapped its 13-game losing streak. That streak was tied for the second longest in the NBA this season (76ers lost 18 straight to start the season).
  • The 76ers are coming off a 125-111 home loss against the Pistons, which marked the sixth time that Philadelphia has allowed at least 125 points -- tied for the most in the NBA (Suns, Kings).
  • The Nets are coming off a 109-100 home loss to the Bucks, despite shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range. The last time the Nets lost a game in which they shot at least 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range was a 161-157 double-overtime home loss to Phoenix on December 7, 2006 (56.1/47.6).
  • Brook Lopez has scored at least 20 points in six straight games for the first time since a seven-game streak March 20-31, 2015.
  • Isaiah Canaan, whose 22 points against the Pistons Saturday were his most since also scoring 22 on December 26, has made exactly four three-pointers in three of his last four games.
  • Thaddeus Young is on pace to become just the second Nets player since 1996-97, and the first since Kenyon Martin in 2003-04, to average at least 15 points and nine boards in a single season.
Tags: Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ish Smith drives to the net as Brooklyn Nets guard Donald Sloan defends during the second quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports Images)
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ish Smith drives to the net as Brooklyn Nets guard Donald Sloan defends during the second quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports Images)

Carly Landry scored 16 points, Nerlens Noel had 13 points and 11 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 95-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

Ish Smith added 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers (9-56), who won their first game since Feb. 6 - also against Brooklyn - despite dealing with several injuries.

Robert Covington finished with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range for the Sixers before exiting with 9:40 left in the third quarter. He was kicked in the face by teammate Jerami Grant in a collision under the basket. He remained on the court for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher and transported to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was being evaluated for a possible neck injury.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts on the bench during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts on the bench during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports Images)

For the first time in two months, the Toronto Raptors are coming off a loss at home.

The last time they were in that situation, they responded with a victory over the Brooklyn Nets that started the longest home winning streak in franchise history.

At the midpoint of a seven-game homestand, the Raptors again look to bounce back with a victory over the Nets when they meet Tuesday night.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young dribbles past Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried during the second half at Barclays Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young dribbles past Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried during the second half at Barclays Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Denver Nuggets on the road Friday at 9 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Nets beat the Nuggets 105-104 in Brooklyn on February 8, Joe Johnson banking in the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. That was Brooklyn's fourth straight victory over Denver; one shy of the franchise mark for the most consecutive wins in this series (5, February 17, 2002-March 10, 2004).
  • The Nets lost to the Lakers on Tuesday despite turning the ball over just eight times. It was their fewest turnovers in a road loss since committing seven in a 93-87 defeat at Toronto, April 14, 2013.
  • The Nuggets held the Lakers to just two points off second-chance opportunities on Wednesday. That is the fewest second-chance points allowed in a game by Denver since holding Boston to zero, February 24, 2011.
  • Thaddeus Young had 19 points and 15 rebounds in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers. It was the most rebounds that Young has ever pulled down in a road game.
  • D.J. Augustin has come off the bench to pour in 20+ points in two of his last three games, putting up 19.0 (57/3) points on 57.6 (19/33) percent shooting over this stretch. He averaged just 8.5 PPG on 37.0 percent shooting in his first four games after being traded to Denver.
  • Emmanuel Mudiay turns 20 years old on Saturday. The rookie, who is putting up 5.8 assists per game (272/47), needs to average 5.6 per contest (if he plays in all remaining 21 games) to break Jalen Rose's franchise mark for assists by a rookie (389), which Rose set in 1994-95.
Tags: Denver Nuggets, Thaddeus Young

Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young takes a shot against Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles at Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Jeffrey Swinger/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young takes a shot against Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles at Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Jeffrey Swinger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Los Angeles Clippers on the road Monday at 10:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Clippers have won 10 of the last 11 from the Nets at home, including the last four in a row. Los Angeles has made at least eight three-pointers in each of the last five home games against Brooklyn, tied for its second-longest active streak versus any opponent.
  • The Nets won their second straight road game at a Western Conference opponent with a 98-96 victory at Utah on Saturday. The last time Brooklyn won three consecutive road games over Western Conference opponents was February 28 -- March 31, 2012.
  • Chris Paul scored a season-high 40 points to go along with 13 assists in the win at the Kings on Friday. It was Paul's third game with 40+ points and 10+ assists since 2013-14, good for third most in the NBA.
  • Thaddeus Young led the Nets with 21 points and three steals in Saturday's win over the Jazz. Young's four games with at least 20 points and three steals this season are the most by a Net since both Devin Harris (10) and Vince Carter (4) in 2008-09.
  • DeAndre Jordan has had 12+ rebounds in each of his last seven games against the Nets. It is the longest active streak by a Nets opponent and tied for Jordan's longest active versus any opponent (Trail Blazers).
  • Bojan Bogdanovic has made at least one three-pointer in seven consecutive games. The streak is tied for the second longest of Bogdanovic's career, trailing a string of 16 straight games from December 1, 2015 -- January 2, 2016.
Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Los Angeles Clippers, Thaddeus Young

Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) gives a salute after a three-pointer in the second quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Jeffrey Swinger)
Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) gives a salute after a three-pointer in the second quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Jeffrey Swinger)

The Clippers (38-20), who have alternated wins and losses in their last six games, have won 10 of the past 11 home matchups with the Nets.

Chris Paul had 15 points and 14 assists in a 105-100 win at Brooklyn (17-42) on Dec. 12, but he may need to do more scoring with the Nets playing at a quicker pace under interim coach Tony Brown.

The new scheme has Brooklyn averaging 104.9 points over its last nine games - nearly eight above its season average - while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 44.3 from 3-point range.

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(William Hauser)

The Nets face the Blazers in Portland on Tuesday at 10 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Blazers are 34-6 all-time at home against the Nets -- their best home record against any opponent in franchise history.
  • The Blazers have won 10 of their last 11 games, highlighted by a 137-105 blowout of the Warriors on Friday. The Blazers, who have also scored at least 110 points in four straight games, have not done so in five straight since March 25-31, 1993.
  • The Nets have shot at least 47 percent from three-point range in each of their last five victories, and have shot 42.2 percent (100/237) from three-point range since January 24 (second-highest in the NBA over span -- Spurs 43.4).
  • Damian Lillard has led the Trail Blazers in both scoring and assists in 32 games this season -- tied with James harden for the most in the NBA.
  • Thaddeus Young is one of just three NBA players (also Andre Drummond and Paul Millsap) ranking in the top 20 of the league this season in both total rebounds and total steals.
  • Brook Lopez had a team-high 25 points when these teams met on January 15. His career scoring average against Portland (23.1) is his second highest versus any team (24.1 vs. Lakers).
Tags: Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young

The Brooklyn Nets have inquired about Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (Jason Getz)
The Brooklyn Nets have inquired about Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (Jason Getz)

The Nets need a point guard, and they're looking at Jeff Teague as a possible solution.

ESPN's Zack Lowe lists Brooklyn as one of the teams that has inquired about Teague, as well as the Bucks, Jazz, Knicks, and Magic. 

"The Nets and Knicks don't have many assets; the Nets are testing the market for Thad Young and Brook Lopez -- they'd be irresponsible not to, even without a full-time GM -- and if they snare a first-round pick for one of them, Brooklyn could flip it for Teague."

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez celebrates his basket against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez celebrates his basket against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski/USATSI)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

The Nets are in the midst of a rebuild. A new general manager will be hired soon, and what's left of the old guard will be ushered out the doors at Atlantic and Flatbush as quickly as you can learn to spell "Karnisovas." But Brooklyn's eventual-brain trust may not want to be so quick to dismiss the team's two biggest hold overs from the Billy King Era.

Don't kid yourself: the Nets have assets. Brook Lopez is the last vestige of a team that used to expect to contend for a title, and Thaddeus Young has been Brooklyn's most consistently impressive player since he arrived at last year's trade deadline. They both could absolutely help any playoff team in the market for help at forward and center, so if Brooklyn wants to acquire picks to speed up the youth movement, they can do it with these two players.

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

The Nets host the Grizzlies tonight at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Nets have drilled at least nine three-pointers in each of their last five home games against the Grizzlies. It is Brooklyn's longest such streak since a string of six games versus Minnesota from December 5, 2008 -- March 30, 2014.
  • The Grizzlies have dropped back-to-back games in overtime. Memphis had not lost consecutive games that went to overtime since March 13-16, 2012. The franchise has never played three straight overtime games.
  • Thaddeus Young went for 20 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks in the win over Denver on Monday. It was just the third game of Young's career with at least 20 points, five rebounds, and three blocks, and his first since December 1, 2012.
  • Zach Randolph has reached 20 points in consecutive games for only the second time this year. Randolph has totaled 45+ points and 20+ rebounds in a two-game span for the first time since January 26-27, 2015.
  • Thomas Robinson pulled down double-digit rebounds off the bench on Monday for the third time this season. Robinson is the only Net with a 10-rebound game off the bench this year, and his three are the most since Brook Lopez had five in 2014-15.
  • Mike Conley scored a season-high 27 points in Monday's loss to Portland. The 27 points were the most for Conley since dropping 30 on the Spurs back on December 30, 2014.
Tags: Thaddeus Young, Thomas Robinson

 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Brook Lopez, who averages a team-high 20.2 points, has scored 24 per game over his last seven but has been limited to 11.7 in the past three matchups with Memphis.

Thaddeus Young finished with 20 points, Markel Brown had a career-high 19 and Lopez added 16 in Monday's 105-104 win over Denver. Joe Johnson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Nets in position to win back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 8 and 10.

"I knew I had one-point-something (on the clock), so I had enough to at least take a dribble," Johnson said. "I don't even know how it went in."

The Nets have played well offensively at home, averaging 107.8 points while making 47.9 percent from 3-point range in their last six games there. However, they've given up 110.0 per game and a 48.6 field-goal percentage over their past four overall. >> Read more…

Tags: Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, Markel Brown, Thaddeus Young

Brooklyn Nets power forward Thaddeus Young (30) dunks over Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets power forward Thaddeus Young (30) dunks over Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Toronto Raptors are in pursuit of an upgrade at forward prior to the trade deadline and they're reportedly interested in Thaddeus Young.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst told a TSN Drive in Toronto that he has heard the Raptors have contacted the Nets about Young's availability.

This past summer, Young signed a four-year, $50 million contract with Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson dribbles the ball as Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye defends during the first half at Barclays Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson dribbles the ball as Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye defends during the first half at Barclays Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

Joe Johnson's 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Brooklyn Nets to a 105-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

Thaddeus Young scored 20 points, Markel Brown added a career-high 19 and Johnson finished with 12 points and eight assists for Brooklyn.

Danilo Gallinari had 24 points and Kenneth Faried added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets.

Tags: Joe Johnson, Markel Brown, Thaddeus Young
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Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young dribbles the ball as Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington defends during the forth quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young dribbles the ball as Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington defends during the forth quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Denver Nuggets at Barclays Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • Brooklyn owns a three-game winning streak against Denver dating back to the 2013-14 season. It is the Nets' longest winning streak against the Nuggets since a four-game stretch from 2004-05 to 2006-07.
  • Brooklyn took a one-game road trip to Philadelphia Saturday and lost, 103-98. The Nets have lost six straight road games, but they have won each of their last two home games against Western Conference teams.
  • Thaddeus Young recorded his third consecutive double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds at Philly Saturday. His 24 double-doubles this season are a career high and third among power forwards in the NBA behind DeMarcus Cousins (30) and Anthony Davis (27).
  • Denver beat New York in Madison Square Garden yesterday, 101-96. The Nuggets are now 4-4 on the road against Eastern Conference teams this season after posting a 3-12 record in those games last year.
  • The Nuggets have won four of their last six games, and both losses came by exactly four points each. Denver is averaging 105.2 points per game in that span after averaging 99.7 points prior to that stretch this season.
  • Joffrey Lauvergne played the entire fourth quarter yesterday for the Nuggets against the Knicks. Coming into Sunday, he had played during the fourth quarter just 16 times this season, averaging under six minutes during the quarter in those games.
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) high fives Brooklyn Nets small forward Joe Johnson (7) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) high fives Brooklyn Nets small forward Joe Johnson (7) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Brooklyn has gone farther backward since their last matchup with Sacramento, having lost five straight and 10 of 11 following Wednesday's 114-100 defeat to Indiana for its 16th loss in its last 18 at Barclays Center.

The Nets' glaring lack of depth was even more evident against the Pacers, who finished with a 58-16 advantage in bench points.

"It's the same old story. We've got to find some other guys to join the fray," said interim coach Tony Brown, who fell to 2-11 since replacing the fired Lionel Hollins on Jan. 10. "Our starters played relatively big minutes but we just didn't have any rhythm coming off our bench."

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Another day, another Nets loss that followed the same old trope: good play from their stars and not much of anything from anyone else.

"It's the same old story," interim coach Tony Brown told reporters after the game. "We've got to find some other guys to join the fray."

Thaddeus Young posted his 22nd double-double of the season (16 points, 14 rebounds), a new career high. Brook Lopez scored 21 and Joe Johnson had 20. But the Nets bench managed just 16 points combined.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) dunks over Detroit Pistons power forward Ersan Ilyasova (23) and center Andre Drummond (0) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) dunks over Detroit Pistons power forward Ersan Ilyasova (23) and center Andre Drummond (0) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Nets (12-37) believe they've been playing better lately despite dropping 14 of 16.

Three of the defeats during their four-game skid have come by five points or fewer, including Monday's 105-100 loss to Detroit that marked their 15th loss in their last 17 at home. Brook Lopez scored 27 points and is averaging 26.4 over his last five, but he had trouble containing Andre Drummond as the Pistons held a 27-8 advantage in second-chance points.

Interim coach Tony Brown was pleased with the spark off the bench, as Andrea Bargnani scored 18 points and Shane Larkin had a career-high 14 assists.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson congratulates forward Thaddeus Young on a basket during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson congratulates forward Thaddeus Young on a basket during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Dallas Mavericks on the road Friday at 8:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Mavericks defeated the Nets 119-118 in overtime in Brooklyn on December 23. Three of the last four games in this series have ended up going into overtime.
  • The Nets have had trouble keeping opponents from scoring in the paint this season; Of the total points allowed by Brooklyn, 44.1 (2094/4744) percent have come in the painted area.
  • Hitting a lot of three-pointers in a game has not proven to be a winning formula for Dallas of late; the Mavericks have lost their last three, and five of their last six, games in which they have made 10 or more threes.
  • Brook Lopez (19) and Thaddeus Young (20) have already combined for 39 double-doubles in 2015-16. That is more than the top two Nets' players combined for in an entire season since Kris Humphries and Deron Williams combined for 51 in 2011-12.
  • Chandler Parsons is averaging 25.4 (127/5) points on 58.7 (44/75) percent shooting (.600 (18/30) 3P%) while also pulling down 7.0 (35/5) rebounds over his last five contests.
  • J.J. Barea is shooting 43.5 (27/62) percent from behind the arc against non-conference opponents this season as opposed to just 27.3 (21/77) percent versus conference foes. That 16.2 percent differential is second largest in the NBA amongst players with 20+ 3PM versus both conference and non-conference teams (3P% vs non-conf teams higher).

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Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) puts a shot over Miami Heat forward Luol Deng (9) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) puts a shot over Miami Heat forward Luol Deng (9) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

 

Although he avoided the wrath of potentially angry Nets fans last month, Deron Williams' recent play has started to resemble that of his last two seasons in Brooklyn.

Williams is expected to face his former team for the first time when the Dallas Mavericks try to avoid their fourth loss in five games and deal the visiting Nets a 12th loss in 14 on Friday night.

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Brooklyn Nets power forward Thaddeus Young (30) dunks over Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets power forward Thaddeus Young (30) dunks over Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Utah Jazz's four-game road trip has started off with a couple of overtime losses.

They might not have to worry about a similarly close result Friday night when they face the lowly Brooklyn Nets, who have hardly been competitive in January.

Brooklyn (11-32) hasn't come close to forcing overtime much recently. The Nets have lost nine of 10 and been outscored by an average of 102.1-86.8 in the defeats.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) dunks against New York Knicks power forward Derrick Williams (23) and point guard Jerian Grant (13) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Knicks 110-104. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) dunks against New York Knicks power forward Derrick Williams (23) and point guard Jerian Grant (13) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Knicks 110-104. (Brad Penner)

The Portland Trail Blazers have an opportunity to build a bit of momentum before beginning a season-high homestand. The Brooklyn Nets are just hoping their first home win in over a month helped get the ball rolling.

Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing streak with Wednesday's 110-104 win over New York. The victory also ended a 10-game skid at home and was the first in two games under interim coach Tony Brown, who took over when Lionel Hollins was fired and general manager Billy King was reassigned Sunday.

Brook Lopez made 8 of 13 shots and finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Thaddeus Young chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds.

"Games like this, it's going to help turn our fan base around," Brown said. "If we continue to play in this kind of fashion, we'll fill the seats - but we've got to show them first. It'll take time, but (Wednesday) was a good start." >>> Read more…

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Former Nets head coach Lionel Hollins coaches against the Toronto Raptors during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Former Nets head coach Lionel Hollins coaches against the Toronto Raptors during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Nets players did not like former head coach Lionel Hollins, according to the latest story by Andy Vasquez (Jan. 15).

"Several sources around the team couldn't name a single Nets player who liked Hollins," Vasquez wrote.

Reportedly, Hollins kept players in his "doghouse" for long periods of time and didn't take blame or responsibility for their struggles.

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Nets center Brook Lopez and coach Tony Brown and Knicks forward Derrick Williams and coach Derek Fisher discuss Brooklyn's win Wednesday.

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Thaddeus Young had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets ended their 10-game home losing streak with a 110-104 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

The Nets also ended a five-game overall skid with their first victory under interim coach Tony Brown, who took over when coach Lionel Hollins was fired and general manager Billy King was reassigned on Sunday.

Joe Johnson made two key jumpers in the final 2 minutes and finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Nets in their first home victory since beating Philadelphia on Dec. 10.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young knocks the ball away from Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson during the third quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young knocks the ball away from Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson during the third quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USATSI)

The Brooklyn Nets host the San Antonio Spurs at Barclays Center on Monday night.

According to STATS:

  • The Spurs won the first matchup between these clubs this season, 102-75, in San Antonio. The Nets have won each of their last two home games against the Spurs, last losing to them there back on February 10, 2013.
  • The Spurs have won seven straight and 14 of their last 15 games, while scoring at least 100 points in each of their victories in that span. San Antonio's bench is averaging 40.4 points per game this season -- the third highest scoring bench in the NBA.
  • The Nets are averaging just 91.6 points during their current nine game home losing streak and will be looking to avoid dropping 10 in a row at home for the first time since a 14 game slide from January 29-March 22, 2010.
  • Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds against the Knicks on Friday for his sixth double-double of the season. Leonard has scored at least 20 points in two straight and in 10 of his last 12 road contests.
  • Brook Lopez has scored at least 17 points in a season-high eight consecutive games. Lopez led all scorers with 17 points in the first meeting between these teams this season and is averaging 15.9 points in 11 career games against the Spurs.
  • Lopez is tied for the fourth most individual points in the paint in the NBA this season with 426, while teammate Thaddeus Young has scored the sixth most with 424.
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Dec 23, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Dallas Mavericks center Zaza Pachulia (27) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 23, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Dallas Mavericks center Zaza Pachulia (27) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Nets host the Magic at Barclays Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • Orlando is 2-0 against Brooklyn so far this season. The Magic have not won three straight games in this series since they took 10 in a row, October 30, 2009-March 16, 2012.
  • The Magic have lost all four of their games since the calendar turned to 2016, averaging just 86.3 points per game and shooting 24.0 (23/96) percent from behind the arc during this streak.
  • Brooklyn went 7=for-12 from the free-throw line against Toronto on Wednesday. It was the sixth time this season that the Nets have hit fewer than 10 free throws in a game. That is tied with Milwaukee for the second most games in the NBA, behind Orlando (9 games).
  • Victor Oladipo is averaging 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 58.3 (14/24) percent in his two games since returning to the starting lineup. He put up 12.8/6.2/3.6 on 37.0 percent shooting in his previous 12 starts this season.
  • Brook Lopez recorded his 10th 20/10 game of the season when he had 24 points and 13 boards in Wednesday's loss to Toronto. That surpasses his total of 20/10 performances from last season (9).
  • Lopez (408) and Thaddeus Young (408) are tied for fourth in the NBA in individual points in the paint. They are one of two sets of teammates in the Top 10 (Greg Monroe & Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil).
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Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) advances the ball during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) advances the ball during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Toronto, which had won four of five before its last two, has dropped two straight to Brooklyn (10-24), falling 114-109 at Barclays Center in the most recent meeting April 3. Thaddeus Young had 29 points for the Nets, who didn't have to face the injured Lowry in that game.

Young had team highs of 23 points and 15 rebounds Tuesday, but Brooklyn fell 103-94 to visiting Boston for its seven straight loss at home. The Nets average 97.1 points, among the lowest marks in the league, and they also suffered a major blow in Saturday's 100-97 victory over the Celtics when starting point guard Jarrett Jack was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

The veteran averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 assists. Replacement Shane Larkin managed four points and two assists Tuesday and the Nets committed 14 turnovers that led to 20 points - though the giveaway total wasn't out of line with their season average of 15.0.

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Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner drives against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner drives against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jae Crowder scored a career-high 25 points with a strong start and a clutch finish, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-94 on Monday night to split a home-and-home series.

Crowder had 14 points in the first quarter, then was largely quiet until hitting a 3-pointer and adding a three-point play after Brooklyn got close in the final minutes. He surpassed his previous best of 24 points by making a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining.

Isaiah Thomas added 19 points for the Celtics, who rebounded from consecutive losses at home, including the Nets' 100-97 victory on Saturday. Evan Turner, starting for the injured Avery Bradley, had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez works the ball against Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson during the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez works the ball against Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson during the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USATSI)

BOSTON (AP) -- Brook Lopez scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 100-97 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

Joe Johnson added 20 points, Thaddeus Young 16 with 10 boards, and Bojan Bogdanovic 13 points for the Nets, who won for just the third time in 11 games.

Isaiah Thomas had 24 points, Jae Crowder 16 and Evan Turner 12 for Boston. The Celtics dropped their second straight after a season-high four-game winning streak.

Nets guard Jarrett Jack left the game after crumbling to the court and grabbing his right knee late in the third quarter. The team said it was a sprain. >> Read more...

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Boston Celtics, Jarrett Jack, Thaddeus Young

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell/USATSI)

MIAMI (AP) -- The best shooting night of Wayne Ellington's career was against Miami.

And now, so was his encore.

Brook Lopez had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Ellington tied a career best with seven 3-pointers - done twice now, both against Miami - on his way to scoring 26 more and the Brooklyn Nets rallied from 16 points down in the third quarter to beat the Heat 111-105 on Monday night.

Jarrett Jack scored 18 for the Nets, who had lost seven consecutive games to the Heat going back to the 2014 playoffs. Shane Larkin was inserted into the second-half starting lineup and had seven assists in the third quarter alone to spark Brooklyn's comeback, its biggest of the season. >> Read more...

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Brooklyn Nets power forward Thaddeus Young drives past Washington Wizards power forward Kris Humphries during the third quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets power forward Thaddeus Young drives past Washington Wizards power forward Kris Humphries during the third quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

The Nets face the Heat on the road on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Heat have won five straight games over the Nets, including two straight 104-98 wins (one this season, one last season). There has never been a case in NBA history of two teams playing three consecutive games with the exact same score.
  • Brooklyn has lost back-to-back games, making fewer than half of its free-throw attempts in each contest. This is the first time in franchise history the Nets have ever shot under 50 percent from the free-throw line in consecutive games.
  • Miami has won two in a row and will be looking to tie its season-long winning streak with another victory tonight. The Heat are coming off a game in which they made 95.7 percent (22-for-23) of their free-throw attempts, their best free-throw shooting game of the season.
  • In each of the last six seasons (2009-10 to 2014-15), the team that won the first matchup between the Heat and Nets ended up sweeping the season series. There has never been a series in NBA history where one team swept the other (either direction) in seven straight seasons, with a minimum of three games each season.
  • Thaddeus Young has back-to-back games with four steals, the first Nets player to do that since Deron Williams in December 2012/January 2013. The last Nets player to do it in three straight games was Jason Kidd in April 2005.
  • Chris Bosh had 24 points, Dwyane Wade had 24 points, and Goran Dragic had 22 points in Miami's Saturday win over the Magic, the first time all season three Heat players scored 20 or more points in a game.
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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall blocks a shot by Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall blocks a shot by Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- John Wall had 22 points and 13 assists, Marcin Gortat scored 25 points, and the Washington Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-96 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.

Rookie Jarell Eddie made four 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the fourth quarter of his NBA debut, helping the Wizards blow open what was a two-point game after three. Washington (14-14), despite a number of injuries, is back at .500 for the first time since it was 6-6 a month ago.

Brook Lopez had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who lost their sixth straight home game. Thaddeus Young finished with 16 points and 14 boards. >> Read more...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) Dirk Nowitzki moved past Shaquille O'Neal into sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list, then made the go-ahead basket with 19.2 seconds left in overtime in the Dallas Mavericks' 119-118 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

J.J. Barea had a career-high 32 points and added a season-best 11 assists for the Mavericks. Nowitzki scored 22 points, giving him 22,609 in his career, and Wesley Matthews finished with 17.

Thaddeus Young had a season-best 29 points for the Nets.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is defended by Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol during the first quarter at the United Center. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is defended by Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol during the first quarter at the United Center. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USATSI)

CHICAGO (AP) -- Brook Lopez had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Thaddeus Young added 16 points and 13 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 105-102 on Monday night to end a five-game losing streak.

Chicago center Joakim Noah left the game late in the third quarter with an apparent left shoulder injury.

Wayne Ellington had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting off the bench for the Nets.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is guarded by Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is guarded by Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USATSI)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George scored 23 points, reserve Jordan Hill had 14 points and 11 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 104-97 on Friday night.

Rodney Stuckey added 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Pacers (16-9), who won their third consecutive game.

The Pacers have won four of their last five games after dropping three in a row. Their 16th victory last season did not come until two weeks before the All-Star break.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack (2) reacts after making a shot at the end of the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nets 107-99 in overtime. (Cary Edmondson)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack (2) reacts after making a shot at the end of the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nets 107-99 in overtime. (Cary Edmondson)

(AP) -- The Indiana Pacers are doing a good job of using different lineups to create points off turnovers and that factor could be a recipe for success against the lowly Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets struggle to limit opponents in that department and have been awful on the road ahead of Friday night's matchup against a Pacers team that is 7-0 at home against Eastern Conference foes.

Indiana (15-9) has shown its versatility by occasionally employing a starting lineup with two big men with a presence in the post, as it did in Wednesday's 107-81 rout of Dallas in which Lavoy Allen and Ian Mahinmi started. Allen replaced C.J. Miles, who came off the bench.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) dunks the ball against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-109. (Kelley L Cox)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) dunks the ball against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-109. (Kelley L Cox)

While the country is getting swept up with Kristaps Porzingis fever, Thaddeus Young is making his case as to why he is actually the best player in New York.

Young racked up his eighth double-double in his last 10 games. Over that stretch, he is averaging 16.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

This season, Young is averaging 16.2 points and 9.1 rebounds in 32 minutes per game.

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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

The Philadelphia 76ers made about as bad a first impression possible on Jerry Colangelo's initial day as a team advisor.

Coming off a 51-point loss at home, the stumbling 76ers visit the site of one of their two road wins of this calendar year in Thursday night's matchup with the Brooklyn Nets.

Hours after being introduced as the team's new chairman of basketball operations, Colangelo - a four-time NBA executive of the year with Phoenix and current chairman of USA Basketball - saw a first-hand account of the Sixers' extensive rebuilding job during Monday's embarrassing 119-68 loss to San Antonio. The 51-point margin of defeat was the fifth-largest in franchise history.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored 24 points, Joe Johnson had 22, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Houston Rockets 110-105 on Tuesday night to sweep the season series for the first time in 14 years.

Thaddeus Young finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who have recorded two of their six victories this season against Houston. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points in place of injured rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

Marcus Thornton scored a season-high 32 points for the Rockets, who fell behind by 18 points and got quiet nights from stars James Harden and Dwight HowardCorey Brewer had 22 in extended minutes after starting forward Trevor Ariza was lost to a bruised lower back after 4 minutes.

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