NEW YORK -- Must be Jason Kidd’s wardrobe change.
What it means: Oklahoma City. Check. Cleveland. Check. Atlanta. Check. The Nets (13-21) are undefeated since the calendar turned to 2014. They won Monday night without Deron Williams, who missed his 12th game of the season due to a sprained left ankle. Why? Well, they stepped it up on the defensive end, limiting the Hawks to just 38.6 percent shooting.
Joe watch: Joe Johnson, who had gone 15-for-50 from the field in his previous five games, finished 10-for-22 and scored in double digits (23 points) for the first time since Christmas Day. Johnson had five points during a crucial 7-0 run in the fourth quarter.
Supporting cast: Mirza Teletovic added 16 points, while Alan Anderson had 14 points. Shaun Livingston also scored in double figures (12 points, five rebounds). Paul Pierce had all nine of his points in the first quarter. Then he kind of disappeared.
But back to Teletovic. He hit the biggest shot of the game -- a corner 3-pointer with 44.6 seconds left to make it 89-84. He went 4-for-9 from beyond the arc Monday. Over his past seven games, Teletovic is 21-for-44 from 3 (47.7 percent).
AK's impact: When Andrei Kirilenko comes in, good things happen. So it came as no surprise that Kirilenko was very effective in 21 minutes, scoring eight points, grabbing three rebounds, dishing out four assists and displaying a high basketball IQ. If/when he ever logs 30 minutes a night, the Nets will be a much better team.
Ouch: Andray Blatche took a first-quarter pass from Kirilenko ... to the face. He got a bloody nose. To stop the bleeding, a lot of tissues were inserted.
Third-quarter run: The Nets scored the first 14 points of the third quarter. They won the period 26-15. Dead serious. Teletovic and Anderson each had nine points in the third. Atlanta’s 15 points were the fewest Brooklyn has allowed in any third quarter this season.
Second-quarter struggle: The Hawks closed the second quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 52-46 lead into the locker room. The Nets were outscored 31-19 in the frame.
Up next: The Nets are off Tuesday, then host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.