Rapid Reaction: Nets 114, Celtics 98

NEW YORK -- Different jerseys. Same result.

The Brooklyn Nets, sporting short-sleeved, blue and grey jerseys which pay homage to the Brooklyn Dodgers, easily defeated the Boston Celtics 114-98 on Friday night to secure their 11th straight victory at Barclays Center.

What it means: The Nets (36-31) moved within a game of the Chicago Bulls (38-31) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Chicago lost to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

A Toronto Raptors double-overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder means a 1½-game difference in the Atlantic Division.

The Nets are now 18-2 in their past 20 at home.

Brooklyn shot 56.4 percent from the field on Friday night and won the points-in-the-paint battle 62-30 -- the 62 points being a season high.

Joe Johnson had 16 of his 27 points in the third quarter. Johnson, who went 6-for-8 from deep, has moved past Glen Rice into 15th place on the NBA’s all-time made 3-pointers list.

Mason Plumlee missed just one shot all night, going 6-for-7 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw stripe. He finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Plumlee has scored in double figures in three consecutive games for the first time this season.

Deron Williams, who had scored 53 points in his previous two games, had just six, along with six assists, but he played much better than his numbers would indicate. Williams now has 17 straight games with at least one steal, the longest active streak in the NBA.

Paul Pierce added 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting against his former team.

Avery Bradley had 18 of his 28 points in the second quarter.

No KG: Kevin Garnett missed his 11th straight game due to back spams. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

Up next: The Nets travel to Dallas to face the Mavericks on Sunday night at American Airlines Center.