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Pierce, Garnett Top Rivers as Nets Cruise to Victory

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(BROOKLYN) --  Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche scored 21 points each as the Brooklyn Nets blasted the Clippers 102-93 on Thursday night.

Brooklyn's victory made forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett winners against former head coach Doc Rivers, who guided the pair to the 2008 NBA championship with the Boston Celtics.

"I'll always have a special place for Doc," Garnett said.

Deron Williams and Brook Lopez combined to score 31 points for the Nets, (8-14) who have now won three-straight.

Pierce scored 10 points off the bench for Brooklyn.  Even though he is no longer playing for Rivers, he says he will never forget everything he learned from him.

"I grew under him," Pierce said. "I was a young player, played nine years with him, just continued to mature and become an all-around player under him. Before I was really known as a scorer and he took over and taught me the other parts of the game: the defense, the rebounding, the passing. He just helped my game grow and mature."

The Clippers (15-9) were led by Chris Paul's 20 points and two assists.  They jumped out to an early 23-10 lead, but the Nets fought back on their homecourt and held on for the victory.

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Nets SF Paul Pierce to Miss 2-4 Weeks with Broken Hand 

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) --  The injuries keep on mounting for the Brooklyn Nets.

The team announced Monday that small forward Paul Pierce will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.

The 36-year-old Pierce has struggled in his first season with the Nets, averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting just 36.8 percent from the field.

The Nets (5-12) have also been without guards Deron Williams and Jason Terry, as well as swingman Andrei Kirilenko due to various injuries.

"Injuries are a part of the game," first year head coach Jason Kidd said. "You just hope that there are speedy recoveries. And for the guys in that locker room that can play, I believe in each one of those guys and that we can find a way to win until we do get whole."

Brooklyn will host the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Barclays Center.

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Nets' Paul Pierce Not Happy About Team's 3-7 Start

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- So far, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's decision to leave the Boston Celtics in favor of the Brooklyn Nets has not worked out as the team is off to a 3-7 start.

On Monday, the Nets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers and after the game, Pierce vented his frustration.

"As competitors, we're angry," Pierce said. "Nobody likes to lose. Everybody in this group that we're here with is very angry. Nobody's happy about losing."

During the offseason, the Nets acquired Pierce, Garnett, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, and hired Jason Kidd as their head coach. The team was expected to compete for the title, but even the rebuilding Celtics have a better record at this point in the season. Team chemistry and injuries have also taken their toll early on.

Kidd has come under fire for his coaching, but Garnett defended the rookie coach.

"The blame is all of us man," Garnett said. "It's not just on Jason."

Through 10 games, the Nets are 19th in the NBA in points per game and 23rd in points allowed per game.

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Nets' GM Billy King Says the Team's Window to Win Title is Now

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(DURHAM, N.C.) -- With talented -- yet aging -- roster, if the Brooklyn Nets are to win a title, it has to be this year, if you ask general manager Billy King.

During the offseason, the Nets went all out to upgrade their roster. Their upgrades include Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jason Terry.

Those veterans, along with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez will make up, at least on paper, one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.

But the Nets will be paying $189 million in salaries, including an NBA-record $87 million in luxury taxes.

"Now, this is the window -- this season," King said. "We're going to see what we can do with this season, and then we'll see what next season brings."

"They're here to win," King added. "When you have guys that have made as much money as they do, the only thing they can do next is to try accomplish something, which is win a championship."

The Nets also made a bold move this offseason when they hired former point guard Jason Kidd as their head coach. Kidd played as recently as last season, but has zero coaching experience.

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New York Is Still Knicks Country, Felton Says

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton doesn't see the Brooklyn Nets ever taking over New York City.

The Nets brought over Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry this offseason to go with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez, which made the Nets contenders in the East.

Felton believes the Nets still have a lot to prove.

"They will never take over the city. Because we've got 'New York' on our chest," Felton said Sunday. "They've got 'Brooklyn' on their chest, and we've got 'New York.' They'll never take over the city."

Pierce has said it's time for Brooklyn to take over, but Felton isn't buying the talk.

"[Pierce] saying that is just him talking. At the end of the day, it's all about rivalries. We understand that -- he knows that, I know that. He's just trying to fuel it."

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Paul Pierce: Time for Nets to Run New York City

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- New York has always been a Knicks town, but in Paul Pierce's mind, it's time for a change.

Pierce was acquired from the Boston Celtics along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry earlier this offseason in an attempt to turn the Brooklyn Nets into championship contenders.  They made the playoffs during their inaugural season in Brooklyn, but lost to the Chicago Bulls in the first round.

This year the Nets will go into the season with one of the best starting lineups in the league with Pierce, Garnett, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and Joe Johnson.

The Knicks improved as well by trading for Andrea Bargnani and signing Metta World Peace, but Pierce believes that New York may become a Nets town soon enough.

"I think the hate [for the Knicks] has grown a little. Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it's grown to another level," Pierce said on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM's The Michael Kay Show on Thursday. "I think it's time for the Nets to start running this city."

The Nets and Knicks will meet four times in 2013-14. The first game of their regular-season series will be Dec. 5 in Brooklyn.

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Nets Introduce Pierce, Garnett and Terry

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Brooklyn Nets introduced the newest members of the roster -- Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry -- to the Barclays Center on Thursday.

Pierce is now a Net after spending 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics.

"Obviously I would've loved to have finished my career in Boston, but that day and age is finally over with," he said.  "My ultimate drive is winning a championship."

As for his expectations for this team which which includes holdover Nets Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, and Deron Williams, he said, "I think we're going to be right up there with the best of them."

Garnett's acceptance of the deal was a deciding factor because he had a no-trade clause in his contract, and being traded with teammates made the decision easier for him.

"Obviously having Jet [Terry] and Paul with me was a really, really really big issue," Garnett said. "You want to be in a position where you're comfortable. I don't know anyone that loves change, but changes has to happen for things to get better."

Nets general manager Billy King understands what is expected of the reloaded team.

"We've got the pieces to contend for a championship, and that's our goal," King said. "This is a great day for Brooklyn, for basketball and for the organization."

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Nets, Celtics Make Blockbuster Trade Official 

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  The Brooklyn Nets have officially acquired Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics, the teams announced Friday.

The Nets sent Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, a signed-and-traded Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph, and first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 to the Celtics.  The Celtics also have the right to swap first-round draft picks with the Nets in 2017.

"Today, the basketball gods smiled on the Nets," team owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a great balance on our roster between veteran stars and young talents. This team will be dazzling to watch and tough to compete against."

The deal was agreed to in principle on draft night but could not become official until Friday -- two days after the NBA moratorium on transactions was lifted -- because Joseph couldn't be traded until three months had elapsed from the day he signed with the Nets as a free agent.

The Nets now enter the 2013-14 season with one of the most potent starting lineups in the NBA with Pierce, Garnett, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez.  They will be lead by rookie head coach Jason Kidd.

Garnett, Pierce, and Terry will be introduced by the Nets during a news conference Thursday at Barclays Center.

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Nets-Celtics Complete Blockbuster Trade

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A monster trade is official between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics. The Celtics are sending All-Star Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn for three first-round picks (2014, '16 and '18), Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, Reggie Evans, and a sign-and-trade pick Keith Bogans, reports ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard.

Garnett waived his no-trade clause contract in order for the deal to work out.

Pierce has a team option for $15.3 million that would have to be picked up by July in order for the deal to be complete by July 10.

Brooklyn now has an expected starting five of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, Pierce, and Garnett.

The Nets hired former All-Star Jason Kidd as their head coach this offseason.

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Sources: Celtics, Clippers Agree To Doc Rivers Deal 

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Los Angeles Clippers finally have their man.

Sources confirm that after days of negotiating, the Clippers and Boston Celtics have have agreed in principle to a deal that brings head coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles, pending league approval.

Rivers will sign a three-year, $21 million contract with the Clippers, which is the same amount he would have made in if he stayed in Boston.

Sources close to the process believe that Chris Paul will resign with the Clippers now that Rivers is in the fold.  Paul becomes a free agent on July 1.

The future remains uncertain for Celtics' veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.  Garnett was originally supposed to be included in the trade that brought Rivers to Boston in exchange for center DeAndre Jordan, but the deal was blocked by NBA commissioner David Stern.

The Celtics will receive a 2015 first-round draft pick as compensation for Rivers as the storied franchise begins to rebuild.

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