Blimey, Nets win in London again
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 yesterday.
Joe Johnson, who spent 7 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.
In other games
* At Indianapolis, Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 28 points and Paul George added 25 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 117-89 win over the New York Knicks, who got 28 points from Carmelo Anthony.
* At Houston, Kevin Durant scored 36 points and Reggie Jackson added 23 to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-92 win over the Rockets.
* Boston general manager Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens said that four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo will play tonight against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. He hasn't played since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament on Jan. 25, 2013.
* Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young was suspended one game without pay by the NBA for throwing a punch at Phoenix's Goran Dragic in the first half of Wednesday night's game.
Suns center Alex Len, ejected after receiving a Flagrant 2 foul against Young, was fined $15,000, and teammate Marcus Morris was fined $25,000 for his involvement.
* The NBA All-Stars will wear jerseys with sleeves during this season's midseason celebration in New Orleans on Feb. 16.
The Eastern Conference will wear blue and the West will wear red, but the jerseys will feature Mardi Gras colors - green and purple. The All-Star logo appears on the chest of the jerseys in the shape of the fleur-de-lis, the official symbol of Louisiana.