Joe Johnson scored 32 points and the Nets (40-33) won their
14th consecutive home game to reach the playoffs for the second
Things did not look so promising early on in the season for
Brooklyn under first-year coach Jason Kidd.
Kidd's leadership was questioned when the team started 10-21
through the first two months and he clashed with assistant
Lawrence Frank, who was eventually demoted.
But the Nets, fifth in the Eastern Conference, found their form
and have momentum ahead of the playoffs.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles;
editing by Peter
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