(NEW YORK) — After an extremely rough start to the season, the Brooklyn Nets are now clicking on all cylinders.
Joe Johnson scored 25 points as the Nets pounded the New York Knicks 103-80 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
Deron Williams returned for the Nets after missing the past five games with ankle injuries. He came off the bench and had 13 points and three assists in 27 minutes.
Tge Knicks blew out the Nets in Brooklyn last month by a score of 113-83, so the Nets were happy to be able to return the favor.
“Obviously when we first played them, they embarrassed us,” Nets center Kevin Garnett said. “So obviously we needed to come back and get a payback, and kind of redeem ourselves because lately we’ve been playing better basketball and today was a great job of what we’ve been doing lately.”
The Knicks (15-26) were paced by Carmelo Anthony’s 26 points and 12 rebounds. They have now lost four straight games.
Brooklyn’s win coupled with Toronto’s loss to Charlotte puts the Nets just 2.5 games back of first place in the Atlantic Division. They are 7-1 since the start of 2014, the best record in the NBA.
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