PHOENIX — The Nets enjoyed a rare matchup against a team with an even worse record than theirs.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Nets to a 116-106 victory over the Suns on Thursday night in a game between two of the NBA’s worst clubs.
Thaddeus Young added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven steals, and Donald Sloan had 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Nets (16-42), who waived veteran Joe Johnson earlier Thursday after agreeing to a buyout. With Johnson — who had started all 57 Nets games up to Thursday — gone, Bogdanovic got the nod at small forward.
“I’m a little sad that he’s not going to be around and I’d like to run plays for him,” interim coach Tony Brown said of Johnson, “but I have the utmost respect for him and wish him nothing but the best going forward.”
Bojan Bogdanovic takes full advantage of the sputtering Suns, going off for a career-high 24 points.
Ex-Net Mirza Teletovic led the Suns (14-44) with a season-high 30 points, but Phoenix lost its 13th consecutive game, tying a single-season franchise record. The Suns’ eighth straight loss at home is a franchise worst.
Teletovic added 11 rebounds and ex-Knick Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 11 boards.
Donald Sloan drives past Tyson Chandler in Thursday’s Nets win.
Brooklyn scored the final 14 points of the first half to take a 66-45 lead into halftime, and the Nets extended the advantage to 25 early in the fourth quarter.
The Suns cut the deficit to 105-95 with 2:08 left but got no closer.
Another former Net, Kris Humphries, endured a rough night. He shot 0-for-9, grabbed 10 rebounds, committed three turnovers and had two shots blocked on the same possession.
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