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Nets' Kevin Garnett returns in win over 76ers

By on 4/07/2014 11:30:00 AM

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday by the score of 105-101. The win was the second straight for the Nets, who improved to 42-34 on the season. With six games to play the Nets are 2 1/2 games behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. The Nets saw the return of veteran power forward/center Kevin Garnett, who had missed the previous 19 games due to back spasms.

 Erik Cleves Kristensen via Wikimedia Commons

As reported by Brett Pollakoff of, Nets head coach  Jason Kidd put Garnett into the lineup without hesitation against the 76ers. Garnett's minutes were limited but didn't appear to miss a beat. In 13 minutes of action, Garnett shot 5-of-6 from the floor and scored 10 points, to go along with four rebounds, a steal, an assist and a blocked shot.

Garnett shared minutes up front with Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee. Baltche had 10 points and five rebounds in 11 minutes, while Plumlee added 16 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

The fifth overall pick of the 1995 draft, Garnett has played for the Timberwolves, Celtics and Nets.  This season, the 37-year old is seeing the least amount of playing time and lowest scoring average of his career. He's averaging 6.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting in 20.8 minutes per game. In 1,372 games, Garnett is averaging 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.


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