- Associated Press - Saturday, April 5, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kevin Garnett finished an alley-oop with the ease of a rookie, not an aging veteran.

“Fresh legs,” a smiling Deron Williams said.

More like, healthy back.

Garnett scored 10 points in his first game in more than five weeks to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-101 Saturday night.

The 37-year-old Garnett missed 19 straight games since Feb. 27 because of back spasms. The Nets went 14-5 over that span.

“I’m just glad I didn’t mess anything up,” Garnett said. “The guys have been playing great without me.”

Garnett was back in the starting lineup and gave a taste of just how much better he makes the Nets. He scored on an alley-oop, made his first four shots, and had a nasty block on Michael Carter-Williams‘ layup attempt that knocked the rookie guard to the ground.

Garnett also passed Alex English to move into 14th on the NBA’s career scoring list.

Coach Jason Kidd limited Garnett to 13 minutes and the veteran center did not play in the fourth quarter.

“It looked like 18, 19 years ago,” Kidd said. “He understands what this time of the year means.”

Garnett, who never had a serious back injury before, said he felt no discomfort in his back during or after the game.

“It just feels good to be able to move,” he said.

Williams had 19 points and Mason Plumlee 16 for the Nets.

Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 20 points.

The Sixers, who had won two of four after losing 26 straight games, sliced a 21-point hole down to two after Henry Sims put back Carter-Williams‘ miss on his second free-throw attempt. With a chance to tie the game at 96-all on the next possession, Carter-Williams made 1 of 2 with 1:05 left.

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