Nets PG D'Angelo Russell led the team's comeback in their 98-92 win Monday that broke a four-game losing streak.
The Nets had gotten out to an early lead, but eventually blew it when the Suns went up 75-74 in the fourth. However, Russell went on a tear that helped solidified not only a much-needed win to break their losing skid, but the Nets' first road win of the season.
"It wasn't the prettiest game ever played in the NBA. It was a lot of tugging and clawing, a lot of fouls, but we found a way," head coach Kenny Atkinson told The Post's Brian Lewis. "It was a good sign of growth for our team."
Russell pour in 13 of his 23 points in the final nine minutes of the game, and it was something he felt he had to do because he was simply tired of losing.
"You get tired of losing after a while. This is something to build off of," Russel said. "I didn't want to lose, did whatever it took to win. Everybody came through as a collective unit and did what they were supposed to."
Helping out Russell was SG Allen Crabbe, who finished with 15 points of his own. As a team, though, the Nets defended late when they needed to which helped secure the win.
"Defense. That was the first time we held a team under 100 [points] this year," Crabbe said. "We all just came in focused. We had two days off, and we were on a losing streak, so guys were real excited to get back at it, just turn things around."
The Nets were outmanned heading into the game with Trevor Booker and Jarrett Allen out, and it didn't help that Timofey Mozgov fouled out and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson left at halftime with a hip contusion. But the team managed to secure 10 steals, and rebound evenly throughout the game.
They also needed their top playmakers like Russell to score, and the 21-year-old says it is the Nets' offensive scheme that helped him produce late in the game.
"Point guard is the hardest position in the league. You've got to get guys invovled, if you can score the ball you've got to figure out that balance of when you do it," Russell explained. "I just appreciate the system. [It] allows everybody to touch the ball, create and do what they do best...The more we play together the better we'll get."
In his first year with the Nets, Russell is averaging a career-beset 21.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game.