The Hawks led by as much as 16 points in the game, and though the Nets stayed stubbornly close until the end, they were unable to overcome Atlanta.
With the Knicks floundering, the Nets have an opportunity to seize control of the New York basketball scene, but their enigmatic point guard must decide to take the lead.
The Nets (38-44) and the Celtics (40-42) became the 11th and 12th under-.500 teams to make the N.B.A. playoffs in this century. The first 10 lost their first-round series.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 28 points to help the Nets to a victory, which helped lift them into the playoffs along with the Indiana Pacers’ loss.
In their final game of the regular season, the Nets will be hoping to squeeze into the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. The Knicks could benefit from losing.
Chicago again displayed its talent, depth and work ethic Monday night in a win over the Nets, who have done little lately to be considered even a viable fan alternative to the Knicks.
Chicago’s Derrick Rose led the way with 13 points and 7 assists in 23 minutes of a rout that cost the Nets control of their postseason destiny.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 21 points as the Milwaukee Bucks clinched a playoff spot with a 96-73 victory over the Nets.
The Nets, playing with more togetherness and energy than Washington had seen before, blew past the Wizards to continue their playoff push with their 10th victory in the last 13 games.
Until recently, Wednesday night’s slate of local basketball games held little intrigue, but that changed after the Nets’ run of wins and a stabbing involving the Pacers’ Chris Copeland.
The team still has offices and a gym in East Rutherford while it builds a complex in Brooklyn, but the impending end of an era has left business neighbors nostalgic.
The often-injured Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, who have played together in just 45.9 percent of the team’s total games since February 2011, have helped the Nets surge recently.
Brook Lopez, playing against his twin brother Robin, had 32 points to lead the Nets to their 11th victory in their last 14 games.
The Hawks lost forward Paul Millsap to an injury, but they set a franchise record for wins with Saturday’s victory over the Nets, whose six-game winning streak ended.
Deron Williams scored a season-high 31 points, and the host Nets beat the Toronto Raptors, 114-109.
Brook Lopez followed up his own miss for the winning layup with two seconds remaining at Madison Square Garden, and the Nets (34-40) moved into a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
The Nets let a gigantic early lead evaporate but recovered down the stretch. By the end of the night, they were alone in the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final postseason spot.
Brook Lopez had 30 points and 11 rebounds as the Nets, despite struggling against the Lakers, won their third straight.
The Nets served a jolt to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, beating them, 106-98, in front of a sellout crowd at Barclays Center.
The Nets moved to Brooklyn bragging that they would own the city, but the mediocre reality has been disappointing and has often been at the expense of young talent and draft picks.
Brook Lopez had 26 points and 4 blocks to lead the Nets to a 123-111 victory at Indiana, their fourth win in five games.
The Kidd-coached Bucks lost to his old team, the Nets, in three overtimes, a result that could affect the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Mr. McDarby’s designs included images for Major League Soccer, the New York Rangers, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Villanova Wildcats.
J. R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov scored 17 points apiece, Kyrie Irving had 10 assists and Cleveland shook off a slow start to win its 14th straight home game, 117-92, over the Nets.
Thaddeus Young had 19 points in a 122-106 victory at Minnesota.
Thaddeus Young scored 21 points as the Nets ended a five-game losing streak with a 94-87 victory over the 76ers.
New Orleans moved to within two percentage points of Oklahoma City in the chase for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot. The Nets lost their fourth straight.
Parker had a season-high 32 points in leading the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight victory, a 116-105 home win over the Chicago Bulls.
Three Phoenix players scored 19 points each as the Suns won despite having missed their first 21 3-point attempts.
After edging the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors in their previous game, the Nets were little competition for the Charlotte Hornets, with whom they had been tied for the final playoff spot in the East.