Monday, March 17, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Nets 108, Suns 95
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets are taking advantage of their home court.
They won their season-high ninth straight game at Barclays Center on Monday night, blowing out the Phoenix Suns 108-95.
What it means: The Nets (34-31) moved within three games of the idle Toronto Raptors (37-28) for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.
Brooklyn shot 58.6 percent from the field -- 67.5 percent in the first half -- and led by as many as 23. The Nets are an NBA-best 11-3 against the Western Conference since Jan. 1, 24-10 overall.
Deron Williams rebounded from a tough night in D.C. to register 28 points, four assists and three rebounds on 11-for-13 shooting in what was one of his best games of the season. Williams has recorded at least one steal in 15 straight games, the longest active streak in the league.
Williams also had his first dunk of the season in the fourth quarter. The one-handed slam in transition was his first since May 2, 2013 in the playoffs.
Mason Plumlee outplayed his older brother, Miles, scoring 14 points and adding 11 rebounds. Mason was posterized by former Net Gerald Green in the second quarter. Green cocked the ball back with two hands before dunking around Mason.
Joe Johnson had 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter.
Shaun Livingston established new single-season career highs in minutes played and points scored.
No KG: Kevin Garnett missed Monday night’s game -- his ninth in a row due to back spasms -- and won’t play on Wednesday or Friday, either. Garnett will be reevaluated on Saturday.
Up next: The Nets face the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night at home.