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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Starting Five: Winning cures everything

By Mike Mazzeo

You’re a Brooklyn Nets fan.

You just woke up.

Life is good.

You may not know when any of your favorite team’s injured players -- Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry -- are coming back, but the Nets did win Tuesday night.

And that’s something they hadn’t been able to do of late.

Their five-game losing streak is over. For once, they played a good third quarter. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson all stepped up.

So what if they nearly blew it? Whatever.

A win is a win.

And, for now, at least, nothing else matters.

The Nets (4-10) are just two games back of the first-place Toronto Raptors (6-8) in the Atlantic Division.

They’re very much alive. Amazing what a win can do.

The Los Angeles Lakers are in town on Wednesday night. It’s the second half of a back-to-back.

Should you expect a win? Probably not. But who knows? If the Nets win this game, they’ll pretty much be playing with house money in Houston and Memphis over the weekend.

Perhaps the Nets can start to build something.

In case you missed it: My recap of Tuesday night’s wild win in Toronto.

Coach Jason Kidd has the full support of GM Billy King.

Commissioner David Stern thinks everyone should give the Nets and Knicks time.

Stat of the day:
The Nets are 0-10 when losing the third quarter, 4-0 when winning it.

Question: How do you feel about the Nets right now?

Up next: Nets-Lakers Wednesday night at Barclays Center. Ohm Youngmisuk and I will have you covered.