<
>

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 93, Nets 88

NEW YORK -- The 25,000 career point club has its newest member: Paul Pierce.

On Friday night, Pierce became the 18th player in NBA history to reach the 25,000-point plateau.

Pierce finished with 13 points in the Nets’ 93-88 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night at Barclays Center.

What it means: The Nets’ 15-game home winning streak came to an end. It was their first loss at home since Jan. 31. They seemed a bit disinterested most of the night.

As for the Eastern Conference playoff standings, check them. Things could get weird.

A controversial overturned foul and a pair of missed free throws by Pierce doomed the Nets in the end. He is a New York Knicks killer, after all. Brooklyn went just 14-for-25 from the stripe. Pierce went 1-for-7 from 3-point range and 2-for-6 from the line.

The Knicks, by virtue of New York’s victory over Toronto, are still alive in the Atlantic Division, though. Barely.

Kevin Garnett had four points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of action -- his most since returning from back spasms. His performance, once again, was very encouraging. Garnett capped off his night with an emphatic block of Paul Millsap and a double technical foul.

Jorge Gutierrez, the 14th different Net to start a game this season, finished with a career-high 11 points in a career-high 28 minutes.

Mason Plumlee had 17 points and four rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench. Marcus Thornton added 14.

Millsap had 27 points for the Hawks. Jeff Teague, Marcus’ brother, had 22.

Joe Johnson tied Jason Kidd’s franchise record by hitting a 3-pointer in his 28th straight game. Johnson received an incredible behind-the-back pass from Pierce in the fourth quarter before knocking it down.

DNPs: Deron Williams (patella), Shaun Livingston (toe) and Alan Anderson (abdominal) all missed the game.

Up next: The Nets face the Orlando Magic on Sunday night at home.