Nets Clinch Playoff Berth – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets ended one long streak and continued another as they clinched an NBA playoff berth.
Joe Johnson poured in 32 points and Shaun Livingston added 17 as the Nets downed Houston 105-96. Brooklyn ran its home winning streak to an NBA team-record 14 straight games and beat the Rockets for the first time in 15 tries.
The Nets held the NBA's second-highest scoring team 11 points below its average and finished its non-conference schedule with an 18-12 record.
James Harden had 32 points for the Rockets, who have dropped two straight since a five-game winning streak.
Also in the NBA:
- Golden State pulled out a 122-120 win at Dallas on Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry's jumper in the final second of overtime. Curry finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson had a team-high 27 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 20. Dirk Nowitzki had 33 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who dropped from seventh in the Western Conference to ninth
- LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 31 points, 15 rebounds and six assists as Portland outscored the Los Angeles Lakers 124-112. Damian Lillard had 34 points and eight assists to help the Trail Blazers pick up their fourth straight win.