Kidd's Brooklyn Nets show new life

"When I go to dial her up, I want her to pick the phone up," he said of his jumper. "Tonight I dialed and she was right there, answering like she is supposed to."

Pierce dialed up some vintage defense in the fourth quarter. Kirilenko provided some hustle. Blatche gave the Nets an offensive boost off the bench early in the game. Shaun Livingston played a solid floor game at point. And Joe Johnson provided the scoring punch the Nets so desperately needed.

Sure, it helped that Curry and the Warriors were tired. Curry (34 points) and Klay Thompson (14 points) combined to shoot 6-for-20 from 3-point range on weary legs.

But the Nets are showing signs of life as they slowly try to claw their way back to .500.

"It's clicking," Pierce said of the Nets. "We went to the small lineup, gives us more versatility on defense where we can switch a lot, rotate, use our speed. I think it is working to our advantage.

"This definitely can give us a confidence boost in moving forward to show you what we are capable of. We beat two great Western Conference teams in a matter of a week so we just got to keep building."

Few saw this coming just 10 days ago. Jackson, though, never wavered in his belief that Kidd can coach, even if he's only a few months into his coaching career.

"I truly believe that Jason Kidd did not have to be an assistant coach to become a head coach," said Jackson, who became a television analyst after retiring before entering coaching. "Because I watched him run teams and I played against teams that he was orchestrating. I got a lot of respect for him.

"He played the point guard position at as high a level as you can possibly play it. He's been a coach on every team that he's played on. He won a championship being an offensive coordinator, with all due respect to Rick Carlisle. But I am sure Rick will tell you the same thing."

Whatever Kidd has done since 2014 began, whether it be scrapping a tie or a big lineup, Garnett would like to see it keep going, especially with the Heat visiting on Friday.

Asked if things are completely different from just 10 days ago for the Nets, the veteran didn't show any hesitation -- just like on his jumpers in the fourth quarter.

"Absolutely," Garnett said.

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