Starting Five: Nets have golden opportunity

BOSTON -- The Brooklyn Nets would be undefeated in 2014 if not for a road loss to the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 11.

And that upsets Andray Blatche.

“We got Toronto tomorrow. It’s payback time, just like with the Knicks,” Blatche said. “They beat us in Toronto, and we are going to come back and take care of business tomorrow.”

The Nets (20-22), 10-1 since the new year, trail the Raptors (22-21) by 1 1/2 games for first place in the Atlantic Division.

If you recall, the Nets held a 10-point lead in that game up at Air Canada Centre, but blew it in the fourth quarter.

The Raptors will be without DeMar DeRozan (ankle), so this is a golden opportunity for the Nets to creep even closer in the standings.

Blatche, of course, is referring to when the Nets were blown out by 30 against New York at Barclays Center on Dec. 5, only to return the favor and whoop the Knicks by 23 at Madison Square Garden Jan. 20.

In case you missed it: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce made their emotional return to Boston Sunday night, and it worked out quite well. And see why Nets coach Jason Kidd compared KG to Michael Jordan.

Stat so: The Nets got 47 points from their bench Sunday, as their reserves continue to tear it up.

Up next: Nets against Raptors Monday night at home