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Johnson, Nets continue surge with 103-80 victory over Knicks

  • New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert, right, guards Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson during the first half of the NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert, right, guards Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson during the first half of the NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, center, is fouled by Brooklyn Nets' Andray Blatche, left, while driving to the basket past Blatche and Alan Anderson during the first half of the NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, center, is fouled by Brooklyn Nets' Andray Blatche, left, while driving to the basket past Blatche and Alan Anderson during the first half of the NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Knicks' head coach Mike Woodson, right, yells at a referee during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    New York Knicks' head coach Mike Woodson, right, yells at a referee during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

Joe Johnson scored 25 points and the Brooklyn Nets sent the Knicks to a fourth straight loss with a 103-80 victory Monday, evening this season's New York rivalry at a game apiece.

Making a triumphant return from London, the Nets improved to 7-1 in 2014 and avenged last month's blowout loss with a romp of their own.

Andray Blatche had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Alan Anderson scored 15 points for the Nets.

Deron Williams finished with 13 points in his return from a five-game absence, coach Jason Kidd opting to bring him off the bench rather than break up a starting lineup of Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Shaun Livingston and Anderson that is 5-0.

Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks.