Already 11 games under .500 and trailing by 15 at halftime in Oklahoma City on Jan. 2, it looked like the Nets were on the verge of utter disaster.

But a strange thing happened in the visiting locker room inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Nets looked around, listened to Jason Kidd’s game plan — stop Kevin Durant, and you will win the game — and went out and executed it.

The comeback victory that night has sparked the Nets into a second straight January surge, one that continued with a comfortable 101-90 victory over the Magic in front of 15,482 inside Barclays Center in snow-bound Brooklyn Tuesday night, the eighth victory in nine games for the Nets in 2014.

“That’s the first time I felt everyone in the locker room believed that, ‘You know what? You’re right.’ ” Jason Terry said Tuesday of that Oklahoma City game.

“I just think from that game on, it was a new year for us.”

Andray Blatche led the Nets (18-22) with 18 points and five rebounds off the bench, including a huge dunk over Queens native Kyle O’Quinn followed by a corner 3-pointer during back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter that turned Barclays Center into one long party for the game’s final minutes, with the Nets cruising to yet another easy win and continuing their stunning transformation in recent weeks.
It seems the Nets as a group have clicked all at once, and it’s led to a sudden surge up the Eastern Conference standings. Three weeks ago the Nets were 11 games under .500 and sitting far outside of a potential playoff spot, now they are comfortably in seventh place in the East, and just two games behind the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors for fourth in the conference.

“The biggest thing about this turnaround is we never got down on one another,” Pierce said. “We’ve never had the finger pointing, we’ve never put the blame on anybody but ourselves. We kept coming to work, kept staying professional because we still believed we’d turn this thing around.

“The thing is, when you believe and you continue to get through the tough patches, it shows how things can kind of turnaround, and that’s what you see right now.”

The Nets have certainly looked like a new team, doing so many things they seemingly couldn’t do before the calendar turned to January. Brooklyn has corrected their defensively and third quarter struggles that plagued them the first two months of the season.