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PHOENIX – Gerald Green came off the bench to score 28 points as the Phoenix Suns erased a 19-point deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-104 on Wednesday night.
Isaiah Thomas added 17 points off the bench for the Suns. Joe Johnson led the Nets with 21 points.
In addition to his scoring, Green came up with a steal that led to a fast-break layup and three-point play by Goran Dragic for a decisive 106-99 lead.
The Nets led 63-49 at halftime thanks to a brilliant performance by Johnson, who had 13 points, four rebounds and two steals in the half. Early in the second quarter, Johnson scored five in 15 seconds by drilling a 3-pointer, stealing a pass by the Suns' Alex Len and roaring down the floor for a dunk.
Lopez had 16 points at the break as the Nets shot 71 percent from the field.
The Nets put together a 12-0 run to take a 29-13 lead. They led 38-19 early in the second quarter.
The Nets, though they entered the game as a higher-scoring team than the Suns (104.7 to 103.7), vowed before the game to slow the game's pace and not let the Suns play their up-tempo style.
It worked for a half. Then the Nets gradually gave in to the Suns' preferred pace, Thomas and Green went to work, and the Suns made their move and took over the game.
Suns: Phoenix snapped a five-game losing streak vs. the Nets...The teams feature three sets of brothers: Nets center Mason Plumlee and Suns center Miles Plumlee; the Suns' twin forwards Markieff and Marcus Morris; and guards Goran and Zoran Dragic of the Suns.
Nets: In addition to his 21 points, Johnson grabbed five rebounds. In the Nets' previous game, Johnson passed the 4,000 career-rebounding mark, making him only the seventh NBA player to record 17,000 points, 4,000 rebounds, 4,000 assists and 1,600 three-pointers...Nets rookie Bojan Bogdanovic followed up his career- high 22 points on Sunday against Orlando by going 4 of 14 for 14 points vs. the Suns.
The Nets visit Golden State on Thursday.
The Suns host Charlotte on Friday.
HONORING A LEGEND
The Suns honored longtime sportswriter Joe Gilmartin, a winner of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award for media members. Honoring Gilmartin on Wednesday night allowed Nets head coach Lionel Hollins and his assistant, Paul Westphal, both former Phoenix-area basketball figures, to be in attendance. Gilmartin covered both of them for years.
"He was one of the true gentlemen sportswriters," said Hollins, who has known Gilmartin since Hollins was a star at Arizona State in 1973. "You could tell by his writing that he loved the game."