Nets run record to 3-0 while in London
The Brooklyn Nets should think about making another franchise move — to London.
The Associated Press
LONDON — The Brooklyn Nets should think about making another franchise move — to London.
The Nets improved to 3-0 in regular-season NBA games in the British capital with a 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday.
Joe Johnson, who spent seven years with the Hawks, led the way for the Nets at the O2 Arena. The Brooklyn guard scored 26 of his game-high 29 points in the first half, and nailed two buzzer-beating three-pointers.
“We just exploited mismatches. I was just feeding off these guys,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of ball movement and took a lot of open shots.”
Three years ago, the then-New Jersey Nets played two regular-season games at the same O2 Arena, located on the banks of the River Thames and the venue used for the gold-medal basketball game at the 2012 London Olympics. They beat the Raptors in both those games.
Although the crowd seemed to save its loudest cheers for off-the-court action, both teams finished the game with five players scoring in double digits.
Andray Blatche added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets, while Paul Pierce contributed 18 points.
Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack, both coming off the bench, led the Hawks with 17 points each.
Durant scores 36
HOUSTON — Kevin Durant scored 36 points and Reggie Jackson added 23 to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-92 win over the Houston Rockets.
The Thunder used a big third quarter to erase a 12-point deficit and tie the score entering the fourth. The teams stayed within a basket after that until Jackson scored five points in a 7-0 run that gave the Thunder a 97-89 lead with four minutes left.
James Harden and Terrence Jones scored 16 points each for Houston, which scored just 19 second-half points after posting a season-high 73 points in the first half — setting an NBA record for the largest scoring differential between two halves.
• Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is ready to return to the court Friday night, unless he has any setbacks over the next day.
• Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young was suspended one game for throwing a punch at Phoenix’s Goran Dragic.
• The Los Angeles Clippers signed free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu.