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Nets beat Grizzlies, over .500 for first time

Nets forward Paul Pierce drives on Grizzlies power forward Jon Leuer. (Paul J. Bereswill/AP)
Nets forward Paul Pierce drives on Grizzlies power forward Jon Leuer. (Paul J. Bereswill/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 20, and the Brooklyn Nets powered their way above .500 for the first time this season by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-94 on Wednesday night.

Deron Williams added 16 points and Paul Pierce 14 for the Nets (30-29), who have won four in a row overall and six straight at home in turning around a turbulent start.

They are still only sixth in the Eastern Conference, but look capable of climbing more after following a rout of Chicago on Monday by clobbering the Grizzlies for most of this one.

The matchup between two of the NBA's best teams in 2014 was a mismatch until the fourth quarter, when the Nets had already led by 30. Memphis fell to 21-9 since Jan. 1, while the Nets' 20-8 record is tops among East teams.

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