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Nets rout Grizzlies, go over .500

NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 20, and the Brooklyn Nets powered their way above .500 for the first time this season by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-94 on Wednesday night.

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Deron Williams added 16 points and Paul Pierce 14 for the Nets (30-29), who have won four in a row overall and six straight at home in turning around a turbulent start.

They are still only sixth in the Eastern Conference, but look capable of climbing more after following a rout of Chicago on Monday by clobbering the Grizzlies for most of this one.

The matchup between two of the NBA's best teams in 2014 was a mismatch until the fourth quarter, when the Nets had already led by 30. Memphis fell to 21-9 since Jan. 1, while the Nets' 20-8 record is tops among East teams.

Jon Leuer scored 19 and Marc Gasol 18 for the Grizzlies, who were without Zach Randolph because of the flu and then turned in a sickly performance. Memphis never led and missed a chance to tie Phoenix for the West's eighth and final playoff spot.

Jason Collins played 17 scoreless minutes on the day he signed his second 10-day contract. The NBA's first openly gay player got a visit in the locker room before the game from Commissioner Adam Silver, but received just polite applause when he checked in during the second quarter after getting a standing ovation Monday during his home debut.

Pierce went right at Randolph's replacement, Ed Davis, and already had eight points by the time Davis was yanked with the Grizzlies trailing 13-2. James Johnson replaced him and quickly botched a fast-break layup as Memphis missed 10 of its first 11 shots. Andray Blatche's three-point play made it 26-5 with 3:30 left in the first, and Brooklyn led 54-44 at halftime.

Brooklyn scored the first 11 of the second half to open a 19-point lead and kept pouring it on by making six 3-pointers in the third quarter. The lead hit 87-57 on Johnson's short jumper, but the Nets had to bring starters back when the Grizzlies sliced that in half by midway in the fourth.

The Nets were 10-21 after getting blown out at San Antonio on New Year's Eve, threatening to become the NBA's biggest flop after building a team that would cost more than $180 million in salary and taxes.

But they've kept rolling after losing leading scorer Brook Lopez for the season, and most recently playing without Kevin Garnett for the past three because of back spasms.

They picked up Thornton in a trade with Sacramento just before the trade deadline, a move that was all but ignored after they signed Collins a few days later. But he's scored 20 or more in two of his first five games with the Nets, and had 15 in the second quarter alone Wednesday.

Notes: The Nets are 9-3 against West teams since Jan. 1. ... The Grizzlies' Nick Calathes was chosen Wednesday as the Western Conference rookie of the month for February, when he averaged 10.7 points and 4.6 assists. ... Memphis had scored 110 in each of two previous games and was averaging 103.4 since the All-Star break.

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