In their most winnable game of a never-ending West-coast trip, the Brooklyn Nets escaped Utah with a 105-99 win.
The Nets trailed by 13 points in the third quarter, but Andray Blatche and Joe Johnson spurred the turnaround. Blatche finished with 25 points and six rebounds while Johnson added a game-high 27 points. Blatche’s 25 points mark his Nets’ career-high.
The Nets won in Utah for the first time since November of 2008. Deron Williams scored 19 points in his return to the place where it all started.
The Jazz tied the game, 84-84, midway through the fourth quarter, but the Nets embarked on a 10-1 run.
The Nets also turned over the ball a season-low seven times.
The win came in conjunction with the news that the team acquired shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings. In the deal, the Nets relinquished Jason Terry and Reggie Evans. Thornton scored 42 points earlier in the season against the Indiana Pacers, and he brings a scoring penchant to the Brooklyn bench.
Although Thornton can score in buckets, most know him for his inconsistencies. After averaging over 20 ppg just two years ago, his numbers have dwindled to date. In 2013-14, Thornton has averaged 8.3 ppg while shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from three-point range.
General manager Billy King, a proponent of gambling, risks very little on a high-reward candidate. At no point would Terry erupt for 42 points, thus making a streaky Thornton an instant-offense candidate.
Depending on the scenario, Thornton will likely take minutes from Alan Anderson.
The Nets return to action Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors. The Nets will look to sweep a second straight season series after winning their second contest against the Jazz.
The Nets will continue as players in the NBA trade deadline watch. With the Thursday deadline looming, the Nets are rumored as players for Los Angeles Lakers big man Jordan Hill. The Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers also maintain interest in the one-time Knick.