- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Nets, looking sloppy and disinterested despite playing four starters, got waxed by the Knicks 109-98 Tuesday night at Barclays Center.
Brooklyn lost the season series to New York 3-1. All four games were blowouts.
What it means: The Nets (44-37) blew an opportunity to secure the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Their opponent and seeding will be decided on Wednesday night. Their magic number for the No. 5 seed is still one.
It appears Brooklyn checked out after beating Miami for the fourth time last Tuesday. Time will tell if it matters.
The Nets allowed the Knicks to shoot 52.4 percent from 3-point range. They had 20 turnovers. Iman Shumpert completed an off-the-backboard alley-oop.
Paul Pierce (13 points) became the only active NBA player to notch 15 straight seasons of at least 1,000 points scored when he hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter.
Deron Williams landed hard on his right side and came up limping after leaping out of bounds to save a loose ball in the second quarter. Williams remained in the game. He had 10 points and one assist in 30 minutes.
Joe Johnson (12 points) has hit at least one 3-pointer in 30 consecutive games -- a career and franchise best.
Kevin Garnett went scoreless in 15 minutes.
Of note: The Nets wore their Brooklyn Blue jerseys on Jackie Robinson Day.
Before the game: Brook Lopez got some shots up on the court. He was wearing a walking boot on his left ankle and a shoe on his surgically repaired right foot. Alan Anderson (sore abdominal muscle) told reporters he will likely play Wednesday.
What's next: The Nets wrap up the regular season Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
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