Nets stay hot heading into tough stretch

NEW YORK — Joe Johnson snapped out of a slump with 23 points against his former team, and the Nets matched a season high with their third straight victory by beating the Hawks 91-86 Monday night.

Mirza Teletovic scored 16 and Alan Anderson added 14 starting in place of the injured Deron Williams as Brooklyn moved to 2-0 on a four-game homestand that finishes with visits from the Warriors on Wednesday and Heat on Friday.

Despite another injury to a key player, the Nets look ready to test themselves against those powerful teams after matching their three consecutive victories from Dec. 7-12.

Paul Millsap scored 16 for the Hawks, who lost their third in a row to equal their worst stretch of the season. Jeff Teague also had 16 but shot 5-of-15 from the field.

Williams missed his 12th game this season after his ankle swelled Sunday. He had an MRI exam Monday that revealed the injury and will be re-evaluated today.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kevin Love scored 16 of his 26 in a dominant third quarter and Nikola Pekovic had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the visiting Timberwolves to a 126-95 win over the 76ers. Minnesota made 16 of 26 3-pointers to get back to .500 (17-17).

DEAL IN DOUBT: The Lakers and Cavaliers have hit a snag in trade talks involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, espn.com reported. By Sunday night, the sides weren't able to find common ground on a deal that would send the embattled Bynum to Los Angeles, according to the website. The teams were expected to continue talking.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The game between the Spurs and Timberwolves that was scheduled to be played in Mexico City on Dec. 4 will now be played in Minnesota on April 8. The game was postponed when a generator malfunctioned and filled the arena with smoke about 45 minutes before tipoff. … The Mavericks recalled rookie swingman Ricky Ledo from Texas of the NBA Development League.

Nets 91, Hawks 86

ATLANTA (86): Carroll 4-9 2-2 10, Millsap 4-12 6-6 16, Antic 2-6 2-2 8, Teague 5-15 5-7 16, Korver 1-5 4-4 7, Brand 4-5 2-2 10, Martin 0-0 0-0 0, L.Williams 1-6 2-2 5, Mack 2-5 0-0 5, Scott 4-7 1-1 9. Totals 27-70 24-26 86.

BROOKLYN (91): Anderson 4-12 4-6 14, Pierce 3-9 2-3 9, Garnett 1-2 2-2 4, Livingston 6-11 0-0 12, Johnson 10-22 2-2 23, Blatche 1-3 1-1 3, Kirilenko 1-3 6-10 8, Teletovic 6-12 0-0 16, Terry 0-5 0-0 0, Evans 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 33-80 17-26 91.

Atlanta 21 31 15 19— 86

Brooklyn 27 19 26 19— 91

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 8-24 (Millsap 2-3, Antic 2-5, Mack 1-2, Korver 1-3, L.Williams 1-4, Teague 1-4, Scott 0-1, Carroll 0-2), Brooklyn 8-27 (Teletovic 4-9, Anderson 2-5, Pierce 1-4, Johnson 1-5, Terry 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 45 (Brand, Korver, Carroll 7), Brooklyn 56 (Garnett 10). AssistsAtlanta 21 (Korver 6), Brooklyn 17 (Kirilenko, Johnson 4). Total FoulsAtlanta 23, Brooklyn 25. TechnicalsAtlanta Coach Budenholzer, Brooklyn defensive three second. A15,326 (17,732).

Timberwolves 126, 76ers 95

MINNESOTA (126): Brewer 5-8 2-3 15, Love 7-12 8-10 26, Pekovic 7-15 2-2 16, Rubio 2-8 0-0 4, Martin 5-10 5-5 18, Cunningham 5-9 0-0 10, Shved 4-12 1-1 10, Hummel 1-5 0-0 3, Turiaf 0-1 0-0 0, Barea 5-12 0-0 13, Dieng 1-2 0-2 2, Price 4-6 0-0 9. Totals 46-100 18-23 126.

PHILADELPHIA (95): Turner 5-9 3-4 13, Young 9-16 0-1 20, Hawes 3-6 0-0 7, Carter-Williams 6-13 0-1 13, Thompson 4-8 1-1 9, Anderson 5-6 2-2 14, Allen 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 2-5 3-4 8, Davies 1-4 0-0 2, Orton 2-4 1-1 5, Brown 1-7 1-2 4. Totals 38-80 11-16 95.

Minnesota 32 38 35 21— 126

Philadelphia 29 25 20 21— 95

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 16-26 (Love 4-7, Brewer 3-3, Martin 3-4, Barea 3-4, Price 1-2, Hummel 1-3, Shved 1-3), Philadelphia 8-18 (Anderson 2-2, Young 2-4, Williams 1-1, Hawes 1-3, Carter-Williams 1-3, Brown 1-3, Turner 0-1, Thompson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 62 (Pekovic 14), Philadelphia 44 (Anderson 7). AssistsMinnesota 28 (Rubio 8), Philadelphia 26 (Carter-Williams 7). Total FoulsMinnesota 14, Philadelphia 22. A10,736 (20,328).



Nets stay hot heading into tough stretch 01/06/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 6, 2014 11:08pm]

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