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Paul Pierce moves into 15th place on NBA’s all-time scoring list (VIDEO)


With a three-pointer early in the first quarter on Monday, Paul Pierce passed Alex English to move into 15th place on the NBA’s all-time career scoring list.

Interestingly enough, the next player Pierce has the opportunity to pass is Kevin Garnett, who of course played alongside him in Boston during the Celtics’ 2008 championship season.

Garnett currently sits 262 points ahead of Pierce, and based on their current per-game averages, while it’s very possible that Pierce moves up a notch this year, it’s a bit more likely that he does so only by choosing to come back to play again next season.

Nets GM says team likely won’t make a trade before All-Star break

Billy King, Deron Williams

The Nets have been active in trade discussions with other teams since at least December, when it was reported that the team was willing to trade one or more of its high-priced superstars after a slower-than-expected start.

The talks came and went with Deron Williams, and, more recently, with Brook Lopez.

But Brooklyn has been playing better as of late, battling the Raptors on the road into overtime and then coming back to beat the Clippers at home at the buzzer. Deron Williams returned in that last one, too, after missing his team’s previous 11 games due to injury.

All of that has Nets GM Billy King willing to wait at least a little longer before pulling the trigger on a deal that would fundamentally change the makeup of the franchise.

From NorthJersey.com:

Trade rumors have been swirling around the Nets for months, but general manager Billy King said Monday that the team likely won’t make a trade before the All-Star break.

“We’ve got to take a step back and let our guys play,” King said in a pregame broadcast on the Nets’ website. “So right now we’re going to see how we can finish up before the All-Star break, and we have a week after that, [until] the deadline, and if a deal makes sense, we’ll do it.” …

“Are we aggressively shopping our guys? No,” King said. “Have we had a lot of conversations with people? Yes. And that’s part of the job. We’re not making phone calls, phone calls are coming in and we’re evaluating things. But right now, I want to see this group play.”

The All-Star break begins Feb. 13, and the trade deadline is Feb. 19, with the Nets not having any games during that stretch.

But what this does say is that King, at least at this point, isn’t willing to just trade his better players for nothing more than salary cap relief. He wants assets in return that will begin to help the franchise rebuild, and if his team can string together some victories with its best players producing, that will only increase his chances of making a deal that would achieve the desired result.

Jarrett Jack nails game-winning jumper, lifts Nets over Clippers (VIDEO)

Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson
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For Nets fans, their favorite part of the above video is Jarrett Jack recognizing the mismatch, crossing over DeAndre Jordan enough to create space and nailing the elbow jumper. That shot lifted the Nets to an upset win over the Clippers, 102-100.

My favorite part? That Jack has to do four jump-and-bumps with teammates after making this shot. I was waiting for Lionel Hollins to come out and do one.

The Nets played solid defense taking away the easy dunks and baskets from the Clippers for the most part, and the Clippers guards Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford could not take advantage, going a combined 15-of-40 shooting. Jordan had 22 points and 20 boards for the Clippers, but if he was not 2-of-12 from the free throw line this game would have ended differently.

Brook Lopez had 24 and Joe Johnson had 22 for the Nets on the night. Deron Williams played 29 minutes in his return and had 15 points on eight shots.