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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Starting Five: Happy for Livingston?

By Mike Mazzeo



NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets guard Shaun Livingston set new single-season highs for minutes (1,617) and points scored (506) on Monday night.

“Incredible. It’s a great story all the way around,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “He’s a great person on and off the court and he deserves everything that he’s been recognized for. He sets the table; he guards the best player on the other side. For minutes, maybe I am playing him too much, but he’s responded. Again, I couldn’t ask for a better player to coach and be around.”

Shaun Livingston
Shaun Livingston set career highs Monday against the visiting Suns.
Livingston finished with 12 points and five assists, making six of his 11 field-goal attempts.

Mason Plumlee got the best of his older brother, Miles, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. It was his third double-double of the season.

“It was fun,” Plumlee said. “I know there’s going to be many games over the next few years, so you just try to take each one in.”

The Nets are 7-2 with Plumlee starting in place of Kevin Garnett, who missed his ninth straight game due to back spasms.

Jorge Gutierrez came in early in the rotation and played well in eight minutes of action.

Gutierrez was given a second 10-day contract earlier Monday.

“Well, I wanted to see if he could play,” Gutierrez said. “I don’t just want to sign someone for 10 days or 20 days and not give him the opportunity to play; it’s not fair for us or for him. I felt like in a game like this, there was an opportunity. They are going to put a lot of pressure on the perimeter with their guards, so I wanted to see what he could do and I thought that he could do and I thought that he did a great job.”

Mirza Teletovic was a DNP-coach’s decision.

Question: How happy are you for Livingston? Let us know in the comments section below.

In case you missed it: Deron Williams dunked.

Stats to know: The Nets are 25-5 when scoring 100 or more points; 12-1 when they shoot 50 percent or better from the field; 32-2 when leading after three quarters; 28-10 when holding their opponents to less than 100 points; and 9-0 when making 40 or more field goals in a game.

Up next: The Nets return to practice on Tuesday.