What it means: The Nets (28-29) finished off their six-game, 11-day circus road trip with a 4-2 record. If you count their loss to the Chicago Bulls before the All-Star break, they went 4-3 on their extended road trip overall. Either way, they came away with a winning record. This is the first time the Nets have gotten to within a game under .500 in five tries since Jan. 27.
Backcourt struggles: Deron Williams (15 points, four assists, three turnovers) opened up 3-for-4 from the field in the first quarter, but he appeared to injure his right hand/wrist while defending a driving Ramon Sessions early in the second quarter and went just 3-for-12 the rest of the way. Joe Johnson, reportedly playing with a severely jammed ring finger on his right hand, shot 2-for-9. Williams and Johnson both sat down the stretch as the reserves closed it out.
Bench steps up: Marcus Thornton had 25 points (13 in the second, 12 in the fourth) on 8-for-13 shooting in 23 minutes, while Andray Blatche added 19 points and 13 rebounds. Andrei Kirilenko, as usual, was all over the floor, collecting seven points, five assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block. Thornton hit two huge 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Nets keep the Bucks at bay.
Up next: The Nets are off Sunday, then face the Bulls at Barclays Center Monday night.