Trans. Mar 10 9:54 ET (Mar 10 9:54 ET ) Plagued by foul trouble in the first three quarters, Paul Pierce came up big down the stretch for the Brooklyn Nets. Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each scored 18 points and an ailing Pierce hit a key late 3-pointer to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 101-97 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Pierce scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and Joe Johnson added 14 for the Nets, who won their season-high eighth straight at home. Brooklyn moved three games behind Toronto in the Atlantic.
Joe Johnson scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds and four assists in Monday's win over the Raptors.
The Scoop:Johnson has been productive lately with 15.1 points, 2.1 treys, 2.5 boards, 2.8 assists and 0.9 steals while hitting 45.5 percent of his shots. It's optimistic that he can keep that up but while he's doing it he should be on most 12-team rosters.
Marcus Thornton has been around the Brooklyn Nets for only two weeks, so he's still trying to learn his new team's playbook. According to Nets first-year coach Jason Kidd, there are some plays his reserve guard understands pretty well. Thornton did just that on his way to scoring 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team while Joe Johnson added 18 points to help Brooklyn overcame an injury to Paul Pierce in a 104-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. Alan Anderson had 11 points and Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams each scored 10 points as the Nets won for the fifth time in six games.