Andrei Kirilenko, who never made it onto the court in the Nets’ Game 1 win over the Raptors on Saturday, said he understood Coach Jason Kidd’s decision.
The Toronto Raptors’ general manager, Masai Ujiri, directed an expletive toward the Nets before Game 1 began, but the Nets came away with the victory.
After an early exit from last year’s playoffs, the Nets retooled this season, bringing in players like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in hopes of making a title run.
The Nets’ starters, who include Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, have combined for 381 playoff starts; no starter on the third-seeded Raptors has even one.
The Nets lost to the Cavaliers, 114-85, allowing the Wizards to pass them for the Eastern Conference’s fifth seed. Washington will face the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs while the Nets will travel to Toronto.
The stage was set before the season for heated conflict between the Knicks and the Nets, but the competition never materialized, mostly because only one team was any good.
Coach Jason Kidd said he hoped to see the Nets “get better each time we take the floor” and to be healthy with these remaining games.
Led by Paul Millsap’s 27 points, Atlanta maintained a two-game lead over the Knicks, handing the Nets their first loss at Barclays Center in 16 games.
The N.B.A. on Thursday announced a slate of international preseason games to be played in October.
Mason Plumlee has gone from an unsteady rookie at the beginning of this season to a key contributor for the Nets.
The Nets, an efficient low-post team, gave Miami’s defense trouble during four regular-season wins. But the Heat have had a different intensity in the postseason since LeBron James’s arrival.
Mason Plumlee’s block put an exclamation point on the Nets’ win, which gave them a 4-0 record against the Heat this season.
A victory at Miami on Tuesday would make the Nets the first team to beat the Heat four times during a regular season since LeBron James joined the Heat.
In their victory over the 76ers on Saturday, the Nets had their entire roster available for the first time since Feb. 27.
The Nets remained two and a half games behind Toronto for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Nets were clearly exasperated by the referees as Jason Kidd and Joe Johnson were charged with technical fouls and Paul Pierce was charged with a flagrant foul.
J. R. Smith scored 24 points to lead the Knicks, who moved past the Hawks by percentage points, and Carmelo Anthony collected 23 points and 10 rebounds.
The Nets clinched their second consecutive playoff berth and extended their home winning streak to 14 games, setting a franchise record.
The teams are both still jockeying for the postseason and can affect each other’s position.
Kidd was named the Eastern Conference coach of the month for the second time this year, providing another indicator of how complete the Nets’ turnaround has been this season.
The Nets improved their home winning streak to 13 games, matching a franchise high, after grinding out a 114-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Six players scored in double figures to help the Nets bounce back from two overtime road losses and extend their Barclays Center streak by beating the Cavaliers.
Charlotte is still in the N.B.A. playoff picture and is fighting to stay there, as Wednesday’s 116-111 victory over Brooklyn attests.
A company owned by Mikhail D. Prokhorov, the owner of the Nets, said, “This is a long process which may or may not come to fruition, and nothing is imminent.”
The wear and tear of Sunday night’s overtime victory against Dallas contributed to their demise in New Orleans.
Before Joe Johnson won the honor for the Eastern Conference Monday, the last Nets player to have done so was Devin Harris.
The Nets owner Mikhail D. Prokhorov spoke Monday of a desire to turn the team into the legal equivalent of a Russian one, but the N.B.A. denied receiving an application to transfer ownership.
The Nets began a three-city trip by overcoming a 14-point deficit to pick up an overtime victory at Dallas and stay close to Toronto for the Atlantic Division lead.
The Nets are poised for the playoffs, but the Knicks pulled off a marketing coup with the signing of Phil Jackson last week.
Brook Lopez, the oft-injured center, could be a key cog in the Nets’ revamped style, which depends on ball movement and a fluid defense, General Manager Billy King said.