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The Brooklyn Nets have managed to maintain their lead on a top-four spot in the Eastern Conference despite a lengthy road trip and Joe Johnson's five-game absence due to injury. Health problems and road woes have hurt the Chicago Bulls' chances of catching them. The status of Johnson and fellow starter Gerald Wallace is uncertain for the Nets' return home Thursday night to face the injury-plagued Bulls. Brooklyn (43-31) went 5-3 during its longest road swing of the season, capping it Wednesday by avoiding a third straight loss with a 113-95 blowout of Cleveland. "I would have taken a (one-point win), no questions asked when the game started," interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "To get a win where we were able to rest guys, you probably couldn't have written a better script." MarShon Brooks led the way with a career-high 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Deron Williams contributed 24 while Johnson (bruised quad, sore heel) and Wallace (sore foot) sat out. "The No. 1 thing is j...
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