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NBA roundup: Joe Johnson, Nets clinch playoff berth

Associated Press

Nets 105, Rockets 96

The Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff berth by beating the visiting Houston Rockets for the first time in eight years, getting 32 points from Joe Johnson in a victory on Tuesday night.

Shaun Livingston added 17 points for the Nets, who extended their home winning streak to 14 games, longest in their NBA history and tops in the league this season. They also pulled within 1½ games of Toronto and Chicago for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets ended a 14-game skid against Houston with their first victory in the series since March 13, 2006. The Nets hadn’t defeated the Rockets at home since March 31, 2003, when they were still playing in East Rutherford, N.J.

Johnson made 4 of 8 from behind the 3-point line to go along with 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic combined to score 23 points off the bench for Brooklyn.

James Harden led Houston with 26 points.


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