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Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets gets the shot off over Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics at the Barclays Center on November 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.


The Nets Have Won Four Straight

Sure, they're not undefeated like their crosstown rival, but the Nets are off to a strong start: After taking care of business against Orlando and Cleveland over the past week, last night they hung on to beat Boston at Barclays Center, 102-97. It was Brooklyn's fourth straight win, and the consensus this morning is that this was a "statement game" or a "breakthrough win" or a "springboard" of some sort. Indeed, this was one of those "we're not in New Jersey anymore" nights. The sold-out Barclays Center crowd showed their approval with chants of "Brook-lyn" on a night where Joe Johnson had a couple of key baskets late and Deron Williams and Brook Lopez each scored 24 points.

That said, this was a Celtics team that was playing its second game in two nights, and was doing so without the injured Rajon Rondo. But still: It's a win over the five-time defending Atlantic Division champs that improved the Nets' record to 5-2 in the early going. Next up: A west coast swing that kicks off Sunday at Sleep Train Arena (really) in Sacramento.

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