Notes: KG won't travel, Livingston a priority

March, 21, 2014
Mar 21
10:47
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NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett will not travel with the team on the road and miss at least the next three games, coach Jason Kidd said Friday.

Garnett has missed the last 11 games due to back spasms. The Nets (36-31), however, have gone 9-2 without him, surrendering 100 or more points just once over that span.

Garnett was to be re-evaluated on Saturday.

• What does Shaun Livingston think about Nets GM Billy King saying re-signing Livingston is his No. 1 priority this offseason?

“It feels good to be wanted,” Livingston said. “But my focus right now is on the season and the playoffs. I just want to help my team win games and just keep getting better on the court each game.”

The Nets can only offer Livingston the taxpayer mid-level exception, starting at $3.3 million, because they do not have his Bird Rights.

Other teams may offer him more money.

• Because Chicago and Toronto both lost, the Nets, by virtue of their 114-98 win, gained a game on both. Brooklyn is just one game out of the No. 4 spot in the East, and 1 1/2 games back of the Atlantic Division lead.

• The Nets scored a season-high 62 points in the paint and also had 30 assists -- their fourth-highest total this season. They are an Eastern Conference-best 26-10 since Jan. 1. Their 114 points was also their fourth-highest total of the season. Brooklyn’s bench outscored Boston’s, 45-21. Jorge Gutierrez had a career-high 10 points in 18 minutes. The Nets have now gone eight straight home games without turning the ball over more times than their opponent (includes ties).

• Brooklyn is ... 27-5 when scoring 100-plus points -- including 13 wins in a row ... 34-2 when leading after three quarters (second-best record NBA behind San Antonio) ... 10-3 with Mason Plumlee in the starting lineup ... 17-1 at home when Andrei Kirilenko plays.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Joe Johnson
PTS AST STL MIN
16.5 3.8 0.9 35.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 7.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.6
StealsJ. Jack 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.5