Johnson and Blatche combine for 52, Nets sneak by Jazz

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Joe Johnson put up 27 points and notched 6 assists, while Andray Blatche came off the bench and added 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a close victory over the Utah Jazz, 105-99. The Nets shot 41-82 (50.0%) from the field and turned it over on only six possessions. Brooklyn (25-27) picked up the win after falling to Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

Johnson shot 10-16 (4-7 from three-point range) in what was an efficient performance. Deron Williams chipped in 19 points and 7 assists for Brooklyn as well. On 7-14 shooting from the field and 8-9 from the free throw line, Alec Burks put up 23 points off the bench for Utah in the loss. Enes Kanter added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Trey Burke finished with 14 points and 10 assists.

The Nets paired an eFG% of 55.5% with a TO% of just 6.4%. On the year, when exceeding 55% in eFG% and losing the ball on fewer than 10% of their possessions, they are undefeated (3-0). The Jazz, conversely, are winless (0-3) when their opponents hit those numbers.

This loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Utah, dropping them to 19-34 on the year.

Coming up next, the Nets battle the Golden State Warriors, who are 31-22 on the year. The Jazz match up against the Portland Trail Blazers, currently 36-17 this season. The Nets are 1-0 versus Golden State this season. The Jazz have lost to Portland the last two times they have played.

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