NEW YORK — If only the Brooklyn Nets could get a mulligan on that 2013 part of the 2013-14 season.
They are perfect this year at 3-0, looking more like the team that was the heavy Atlantic Division favorite than the one that was 10-21 through December.
“We’re undefeated this year,” Nets swingman Alan Anderson said. “So as long as we just keep that rolling … take it one game at a time, one practice at a time, and keep building.”
Joe Johnson snapped out of a slump with 23 points against his former team, and Brooklyn matched a season high with its third consecutive victory by beating the Atlanta Hawks, 91-86, on Monday night.
Mirza Teletovic scored 16 points, and Anderson added 14 starting in place of the injured Deron Williams as the Nets moved to 2-0 on four-game homestand that finishes with visits from Golden State on Wednesday and Miami on Friday.
Paul Millsap scored 16 points for the Hawks, who lost their third in a row to equal their worst stretch of the season. Jeff Teague also had 16 but shot 5 of 15 from the field.
“We felt like we could (get over the hump) and a few things didn’t go our way,” Millsap said. “But still we fought to the end. At the end of the day, we’ve just got to work on our fundamentals.”
The Nets got solid guard play from Shaun Livingston, who scored 12. And they got clutch play from Johnson, who had been held in single digits in five consecutive games for the first time in 11 years.
Johnson finished 10 of 22 from the field, making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6:21 remaining.
Cavs send Bynum to Bulls for Deng, picks: The Cavaliers acquired Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls late Monday night for Bynum and three future draft picks, beating the deadline to guarantee his full contract for the season. Along with Bynum, Cleveland sent the Bulls a first-round and two second-round picks.
T-Wolves pick up home game: A game between the Spurs and Timberwolves that was scheduled to be played in Mexico City on Dec. 4, 2013, was rescheduled for April 8, 7 p.m., in Minnesota.
Nets’ Williams out: Point guard Deron Williams missed the Brooklyn Nets’ game against Atlanta on Monday night because of a sprained left ankle, a recurring problem this season.McClatchy news services