News

Nets clinch playoff berth with win

Nets clinch playoff berth with win

PLAYOFFS:Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) dribbles the ball past Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Rockets 105-96. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – The red-hot Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff berth and continued their season turnaround with a 105-96 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

Joe Johnson scored 32 points and the Nets (40-33) won their 14th consecutive home game to reach the playoffs for the second straight season.

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 Rutherford)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Judge Considers Whether to Dismiss Illinois Head-Injury Suit

ihsa

Cook County Judge Leroy Martin Jr. heard oral arguments Friday.

in Local

Ex-Washington Mayor Don Gronewald Dead at 83

wtax 011015

Gronewald, mayor of the central Illinois town from 1989 to 2001, died Tuesday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

in Local

Iran Deal Gives Durbin a Shot at Political Redemption

dickdurbin2

Dick Durbin leading effort to get votes in favor of nuclear deal with Iran.

in Local

Munger Under Fire Over Outgoing State Funds

Biss and Munger

State Senator Daniel Biss says the comptroller’s office is having trouble following court ordered payments to various groups.

in Local

Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 23 and Kills 2 in Quincy VA Home

Quincy VA Home

The Illinois Department of Public Health is taking steps to prevent more people in a Quincy veterans’ home from contracting Legionnaires’ disease.