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Nets Down Thunder for Third Win in Four Under Carlesimo in NBA

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Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Joe Johnson scored 33 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 110-93 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Brooklyn has won three of its four National Basketball Association games since P.J. Carlesimo took over as interim coach when Avery Johnson was fired Dec. 27.

Brook Lopez had 25 points and Deron Williams added 19 points and 13 assists last night for the Nets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

The Nets improved to 17-15 and are second in the five-team Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division, 4 1/2 games behind the New York Knicks. Oklahoma City tops the five-team Western Conference’s Northwest Division, seven games ahead of second-place Denver with a 24-7 record.

Kevin Durant had 27 points for the Thunder (24-7) and Russell Westbrook contributed 26 points and 10 assists.

Durant was ejected for the first time in his six-season NBA career with less than two minutes left in the game as the Nets neared the end of a 23-8 run to seal the Thunder’s first home loss in 13 games. Durant was removed for arguing with referee Danny Crawford after a technical foul was issued against Kendrick Perkins.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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