NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets, who started out the season 10-21, are officially going to the playoffs.
The Nets clinched a postseason berth on Tuesday night after beating the Houston Rockets 105-96 at Barclays Center.
Brooklyn did so by recording a franchise-record 14th straight win at home.
The Nets also snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Rockets.
What it means: The Nets (40-33), an Eastern Conference-best 30-12 since Jan. 1, moved within 1.5 games of idle Toronto (42-32) and Chicago (42-32) for the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds.
The Nets have won 21 of their past 23 at Barclays Center. Brooklyn finished the season 18-12 against the Western Conference.
Joe Johnson led the way for the Nets with 32 points on 13-for-21 shooting. It was Johnson’s fourth 30-point game of the season.
Brooklyn managed to shoot 53 percent from the field despite going just 6-for-25 from 3-point range. The Nets took the points in the paint battle, 50-42.
James Harden had 26 points in a losing cause for Houston.
Up next: Nets at Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.