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Nets eyeing top spot in the East

The Brooklyn Nets are looking to be somewhere on Saturday night they haven’t been since Apr. 12, 2003: on top of the Eastern Conference.

Yes, that date was the last time the Nets owned the East’s No. 1 spot, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

On Apr. 12, 2003, the Nets defeated the Raptors, 94-86, to improve to 49-31.

In that game, Richard Jefferson led the way with 21 points. Kenyon Martin had 19 points and nine rebounds, while Jason Kidd added 17 points and eight assists.

The Nets (11-4), who have won a season-high tying five straight games and will take on the 11-3 Miami Heat on Saturday night, are off to their best start in franchise history.

But the Heat have not lost a game at home this season (7-0), and own an 11-game winning streak against the Nets.

The Nets haven’t beaten the Heat since March 20, 2009.

LeBron James owns a 15-game winning streak against the Nets, including 7-0 with the Heat.