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Johnson lifts Nets over Jazz

Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Johnson poured in a game-high 27 points and Andray Blatche added 25 as the Brooklyn Nets rallied for a 105-99 win over the Utah Jazz.

Deron Williams scored 19 points and handed out seven assists and Shaun Livingston had nine points, seven assists and five boards for the Nets, winners in three of their last four.

"This is a crucial part of the season for us. We have to be mentally focused for this trip. Coming straight off the All-Star break, going on the road for two weeks, it's not an easy task," Williams said of the Nets' seven game road trip, which started on Feb. 13.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Nets acquired guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.

Thornton is averaging 8.3 points per game this season after putting up 21.3 ppg two years ago and 18.7 ppg last season

Alec Burks scored 23 points, Enes Kanter had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Trey Burke finished was 14 points and 10 boards for the Jazz, who had a three- game winning streak snapped.

"I'm just being aggressive. I feel like everybody's supposed to be aggressive. I'm just trying to do my role for the team," Burks said.

Richard Jefferson put the Jazz up 68-55 with his 3-pointer at the 7:36 mark of the third quarter, but the Nets used a 20-4 run to take a 75-72 lead and went into the break leading 75-74.

The Nets shot 72.7 percent on the flurry, with Blatche leading the way with 10 points. Johnson finished with seven on the run.

The Jazz eventually tied the game at 84-84 when Burke knocked down a deep jumper, but a 15-5 run put the Nets up 99-89 with 1:51 to go, essentially sealing the win.

Utah got within four points, 103-99, but a pair of Williams free throws with three seconds left secured the victory.

Utah led 28-21 after the first quarter and took a 56-48 lead into the break.

Game Notes

Brooklyn was 41-for-82 from the floors ... The Nets outscored Utah 48-40 in the paint ... The Jazz scored 22 points off 18 Brooklyn turnovers, while turning it over just five times.

02/20 01:15:25 ET

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Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
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y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
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y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
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Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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