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Sebastian Telfair

NEW YORK — From NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin to all-time greats Mark Jackson and Bernard King, New York City's borough of Brooklyn has produced its fair share of NBA talent over the years.

That's something that Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo knows very well. Carlesimo coached on the collegiate level for 19 total years, spending time at New Hampshire college (1975) , Staten Island's Wagner College (1976-1982) and former Big East powerhouse Seton Hall University (1982-1994).

Carlesimo remembers recruiting at some of Brooklyn's high schools. "It's always been a great borough, there's always been players in Brooklyn," he said before the Nets took on the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 13. "Forever, there's been great players coming out of Brooklyn. I don't ever remember a time when I wasn't here recruiting both the CHSAA and the PSAL."

Although high school powerhouses such as Bishop Loughlin and Nazareth Regional are amongst Brooklyn's more renowned high schools, it was a pair of Coney Island's own and former Lincoln High Railsplitters that made their hometown NBA debuts on the weekend of Jan. 11.

Neither Sebastian Telfair nor Lance Stephenson ever thought they'd see such a day.

Telfair was the first of the two former Railsplitters to come home. The Brooklyn native and nine-year NBA veteran that's affectionately known as "Bassy" had never been to Barclays Center before, but he was very familiar with the corner that it was built on.

“I played for [AAU team] Brooklyn USA, so all my teammates were from this area," he said. "We always used to meet right out here at the clock tower on Atlantic Avenue.”

Telfair had been looking forward to this game for a while.

“I had this game circled and now today is the day," he said. "I’m just excited to be here and to try to take it all in and get the most out of it.”

Often, NBA players returning to play in their hometowns have a little more nerves than usual. If Telfair did, he did a great job of downplaying it. “It's gonna be the same thing, same rim, same basketball," he said. "Other than a little pressure from your family being here and being from here... it’s the same thing.”

Telfair’s superior quickness, vision, ball handling, and basketball lineage made him a star as a young player Brooklyn.

As a high school junior, he broke into the national spotlight when he shared the cover of Slam Magazine with LeBron James. As a senior, he had another cover of Sports Illustrated all to himself.

In 2004, he realized his dream when the Portland Trailblazers selected him with the 13th overall pick. And though his career has seen him make stops in cities such as Boston, Minnesota and Cleveland, Telfair still makes his offseason home in Westchester and keeps close contact with his family that still resides in Brooklyn.

He's stayed involved in the community by sponsoring basketball tournaments and camps that his family helps to organize.

In all, Telfair had about 40 of his friends and family members on hand for his Brooklyn debut. And even though his Suns walked away from Barclays Center without a win, he'll always remember his first pro game in Brooklyn.

"It felt good. I was excited out there, I felt a little extra bouncy," Telfair said after his Suns dropped a 99-79 decision to the Nets. "The first experience was pretty cool. I wish we would have gotten a win, but the game didn't go exactly how we wanted it to go. I wish I would have been a little more aggressive over the course of the game."

When asked if he was looking forward to returning next season, Telfair said he was. "Absolutely," he said. "This is going to be a place that I always mark the calendar on. To get the opportunity in front of my family, my hometown, it's a unique place and I'm happy for that experience here."

Telfair became the first player in history to win three PSAL titles and broke Kenny Anderson's all-time New York state high school scoring record. Telfair ended his career with a record-setting 2,785 points.

Lance Stephenson

That record, though, would be short-lived. And interestingly enough, it was the Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson who broke it.

Stephenson graduated from Telfair's alma mater five years later. By the time he did, he amassed 2,946 career points. It was somewhat ironic that Stephenson—Telfair's junior by five years—would play in Brooklyn for the first time the very next game after him.

Stephenson spoke with the media before his debut, as well. "I never thought we would have an arena in Brooklyn," Stephenson said before the game. "I feel great, especially playing in front of my family and friends. I'm happy I'm playing back home and just wanna have fun."

When asked whether he misses playing in New York, Stephenson agreed. "Of course," he said. "This is back home. This is where I was born and this is where I got my name." And like Telfair, he had this game circled on his calendar long before it was played.

Unlike his predecessor, Stephenson "only" had about 30 guests on hand. And according to him, they were looking forward to Jan. 13 just as much as he was.

The Pacers have slowly become one of the conference's better teams even as it tries to forge a new identity without all-star small forward Danny Granger. Stephenson, now in his third year, is a major part of their success. Entering play on Jan. 13, the Pacers had gone 9-2 over their past 11 games and Stephenson has averaged 10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game over that stretch.

"[I] just try to be a smart player, be a factor on the team, play team ball," Stephenson said of his recently improved play. "[I] just try to do the little things so I can stay on the floor and help us win games... watching film, getting with the coaches, learning where to be on the floor on defense."

Despite being a high-profile prep star, questions about Stephenson's maturity caused his stock to slide. Back in 2010, despite being considered a lottery level talent, he wouldn't be selected by the Pacers until 40th overall.

He's seemingly put those concerns behind him, though, and has recently shown signs of becoming a solid NBA professional.

Unfortunately for Stephenson, his Brooklyn debut would be short-lived. He managed to play just seven minutes in the first quarter but couldn't continue due to a toe injury he sustained in the Pacers previous game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

"I hurt my toe last game and I couldn't finish off tonight," he said. "It still felt good to be here, though... I just couldn't be myself and I couldn't play."

Without him, the Pacers lost a 97-86 decision to the Nets.

Even though the two former Railsplitters lost in their debuts, each was happy to have an experience in Brooklyn that they'll never forget.

And ironically enough, Telfair and Stephenson dressed in the same stall in the visitor's locker room at Barclays.

When told, Stephenson thought it was a funny conincidence. Hustling away to meet up with his friends and family, he thought about it for a second, smirked and responded.

"It's a Brooklyn thing," he said.

Though Telfair and Stephenson are each making their careers elsewhere, they both have Brooklyn pride. On Jan. 11 and 13, the two Brooklynites played their first NBA games in their hometown.

And now, since the NBA has found a home in Brooklyn, we can rest assured that for Telfair and Stephenson, it won't be their last.

With Dan Kelly contributing.

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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)

MOSCOW (AP) - Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has told Russian media he's selling a 49 percent stake in the NBA club.

The Russian billionaire announced his intention to sell a minority stake in December, and now says "49 percent of the Brooklyn shares are up for sale," in comments reported by R-Sport.

He adds that "currently the process is going on and we are looking for a buyer."

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Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks talks about evaluating the roster during the offseason after his team finished last in the Eastern Conference.

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks said he wants the organization and its fans to be patient with its goal of making the playoffs after finishing with the NBA's worst record this season.

"We're going to have to build this strategically, have patience with it," Marks told Newsday's Greg Logan at an end-of-season press conference on Monday, "... We're going to have a big-picture view on this looking down the road."

The Nets will swap their first-round pick this season with the Boston Celtics, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and also traded their 2018 first-round pick to the Celtics as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade from 2013.

Marks, who had been a San Antonio Spurs assistant GM for two years before becoming Nets GM last February, said the team will explore all options.

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Brooklyn Nets players recap a season that ended on an optimistic note despite a league-worst 20-62 record.

Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the depleted Brooklyn Nets 112-73 in the regular-season finale to clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot on Wednesday.

Paul Zipser added a career-high 21 points off the bench as Chicago took advantage of a short-handed Brooklyn lineup to secure its first playoff appearance under coach Fred Hoiberg.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to help the Boston Celtics beat back a fourth-quarter charge and defeat the Brooklyn Nets 114-105 on Monday night to keep alive their hopes of securing the Eastern Conference's top seed.

The Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and can finish with no worse than the No. 2 seed.

Al Horford added 19 points and eight rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)

Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez became the franchise's all-time leading scorer in Monday's game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

Lopez scored 25 points in a 114-105 loss to end his night with 10,444 career points, passing Buck Williams, who scored 10,440 points in his Nets career. Lopez passed Williams with a fadeaway jumper late in the fourth quarter.

With one game remaining in the 2016-17 season, Lopez, 29, has averaged 20.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

 

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Apr 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives up to the net during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives up to the net during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK (AP) Dwyane Wade returned but the Chicago Bulls sustained a potentially costly loss when the Brooklyn Nets beat them 107-106 on Saturday.

Spencer Dinwiddie made four free throws in the final 13.6 seconds for the Nets in their home finale. He scored 19 points, as did rookie Caris LeVert. >> Read more

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Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet)
Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet)

The Nets host the Bulls at 5 p.m. at Barclays Center. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Bulls have won five of the last six games in this series, including both meetings in 2016-17. Chicago and Brooklyn will face each other one more time after Saturday, on the final day on the regular season (April 12).
  • Entering this weekend, Chicago sat in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but was just 0.5 game ahead of ninth-place Miami. Entering this weekend, the Bulls' .278 remaining strength of schedule was the easiest in the league; their final three games are against the Nets (twice) and the Magic.
  • After going 0-7 in April last season, the Nets have opened the month at 3-1 in 2016-17. Brooklyn is shooting 50.3 percent from the field this month; entering this weekend, that was sixth best the league, second best among Eastern Conference teams.
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Apr 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. The Magic won 107-115. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)
Apr 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. The Magic won 107-115. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Elfrid Payton had 22 points, 11 assists and five rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-107 on Thursday night.

Aaron Gordon added 21 points, Jodie Meeks had 20, and Nikola Vucevic finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Magic had lost five straight.

Jeremy Lin led Brooklyn with 32 points, and Caris LeVert had 20. The Nets had won a season-high three games in a row.

Orlando outscored Brooklyn 36-21 in the third quarter. Meeks, who was scoreless in the first half, had 18 points, including 13 straight in the middle of the period. Payton had eight assists in the quarter.  >> Read more

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Eamon McAnaney reports from MSG and breaks down all the news and action from the Knicks 106-103 loss to the Washington Wizards.

NEW YORK (AP) Bradley Beal scored 25 points and made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 49 seconds left as the Washington Wizards beat the New York Knicks 106-103 on Thursday night.

John Wall added 24 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter but recovered to improve to 48-31, tying Toronto for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Washington is trying for its first 50-win season since 1978-79. Marcin Gortat was 7 for 7 from the field and scored 16 points for the Wizards. They have won seven straight at Madison Square Garden.

Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points for the Knicks, who are a loss away from their third consecutive 50-loss season. >> Read more

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Apr 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; ZZZ Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives against Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (1) in the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Apr 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; ZZZ Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives against Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (1) in the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

Recap

Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin each scored 16 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a rare rout, 141-118 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

The 19-win Nets have been buried in last place in the NBA standings for most of the season and not even a recent surge could budge them out of the cellar.

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(Jennifer Stewart)

The Nets are finalizing a two-year contract with G Archie Goodwinreports Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Goodwin's deal will include the remainder of this season and cover next season.

He initially signed a 10-day contract with the Nets in March.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Brook Lopez scored 29 points, Jeremy Lin had 15, and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled Paul Millsap's return to the lineup by beating the Atlanta Hawks 91-82 on Sunday.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 11 points for the Nets, who have won two straight games.

Dennis Schroder scored 16 points, while Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 14 for the Hawks, who have lost two straight.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets shut down forward Joe Harris for the rest of the season with a sprained left shoulder, according to SB Nation's Anthony Puccio.

Harris has not played since March 3 when he took a hard fall going up for a block in a game against the Utah Jazz, missing the Nets' last 17 games, including Sunday.

The 25-year-old Harris has averaged 8.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 52 games with Brooklyn this season.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Hawks find themselves in a position where three games separate five teams in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race.

With six games remaining, the Hawks are 39-37. They are in sixth place, one game behind the surging Milwaukee Bucks and two up on the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.

If there are more slip-ups, the situation might become less secure for the Hawks, who visit the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night. >> Read more

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Apr 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) puts up a shot against Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets won 121-111. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Apr 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) puts up a shot against Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets won 121-111. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored 30 points, Trevor Booker had a season-high 23 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 121-111 on Saturday.  

Sean Kilpatrick added 15 points for the Nets, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Brooklyn had a season-high 72 points in the paint.

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Mar 30, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Mar 30, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Marcus Morris had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Ish Smith hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, helping the Detroit Pistons beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-89 on Thursday night.

Smith, who finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists, gave the Pistons an 87-86 lead with 30 seconds left. Brook Lopez missed a 3-pointer on the Nets' ensuing possession, and Detroit sealed it at the free-throw line.

Sean Kilpatrick scored 15 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jeremy Lin each had 14 points for the Nets. Lopez added 11 points and nine rebounds. >> Read more...

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The Nets look to improve to 3-0 against the Pistons as they meet at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • In the most recent meeting between these teams (March 21), Brook Lopez hit a running jump shot as time expired to give the Nets a 98-96 victory. Brooklyn leads the season series 2-0, but has lost its last three games in Detroit.
  • Brooklyn has gone 7-9 (.438) in March, which is just two wins shy of its total number of wins from October thru February (9-49).
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez passes the ball away from Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric and guard T.J. McConnell during the first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez passes the ball away from Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric and guard T.J. McConnell during the first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Dario Saric scored 23 points, Robert Covington had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the undermanned Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-101 on Tuesday night.

Rookie guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot had 17 points and nine boards for the 76ers, who dressed only nine players.

Philadelphia was without center Jahlil Okafor, who missed his third straight game due to right knee soreness, and veteran guard Gerald Henderson, who did not play because of soreness in his left hip.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The 76ers fell to the Pacers on the road on Sunday, 107-94. Philadelphia is 6-25 (.194) on the season when they fail to score at least 100 points in a game.
  • The Nets defeated the Hawks in Atlanta, 107-92, on Sunday for their third win in their past four games. Brooklyn has seven wins just in the month of March after having nine wins combined from October through February.

 

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Mar 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Mar 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

ATLANTA (AP) Brook Lopez scored 23 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat Atlanta 107-92 on Sunday, handing the short-handed Hawks their seventh straight loss.

Lopez became the Nets' career leader in field goals, passing Buck Williams, made when he sank a 10-foot jumper with less than five minutes remaining.

Jeremy Lin had 19 points for the Nets (16-57), who have won three of four and are 7-8 in March to improve their league-worst record. >> Read more...

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Mar 24, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles past Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the second half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 24, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles past Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the second half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

WASHINGTON (AP) John Wall scored 22 points despite dealing with migraine headache symptoms earlier in the day, Bradley Beal added 19 points and the Washington Wizards cruised past the Brooklyn Nets 129-108 on Friday night.

Brandon Jennings had 18 points, one of three bench players to score in double-figures as the third-place Wizards moved a game ahead of idle Toronto in the Eastern Conference.

Wall and Jennings each had nine assists as Washington won its second straight before embarking on a five-game road trip.

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Mar 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) attempts to block a shot by Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr.during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) attempts to block a shot by Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr.during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored 19 points, K.J. McDaniels had a season-high 16 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Phoenix Suns 126-98 on Thursday night to give them consecutive victories for the first time this season.

Trevor Booker added 14 points for the league-worst Nets, who beat Detroit on Tuesday.

Brooklyn took a commanding 84-65 lead into the fourth quarter as Lopez scored 12 points in the third quarter. Brooklyn held Phoenix to 15 points, the fewest points the Nets have allowed in the third quarter this season. >> Read more...

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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) handles the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) handles the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin will be available for tonight's game against the Suns, head coach Kenny Atkinson said. 

Lin played just seven minutes before leaving Sunday's loss to the Mavericks with a sprained right ankle. The injury forced him to sit out Tuesday's win over the Pistons, the 44th game he has missed this season. 

The 28-year-old has played in only 25 games, averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 assists.

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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson complains about a foul called against Nets during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104.
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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson complains about a foul called against Nets during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Nets look to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a year as they host the Suns at Barclays Center on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Nets are 7-2 (.778) against the Suns since moving to Brooklyn in 2012-13, their best record against an opponent during that time span.
  • The Suns dropped their fifth consecutive game after Tuesday's 112-97 road loss to the Heat. Phoenix has lost eight of its last nine road contests.
  • The Nets defeated the Pistons at the buzzer on Tuesday via a Brook Lopez jump shot for the team's fifth win in the month of March (5-7). Brooklyn had won just four games in the three previous months combined (4-37).
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Mar 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Brook Lopez made a jumper as time expired to give the Brooklyn Nets a 98-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

The Pistons, fighting for a playoff spot, wiped out a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to tie it at 96 on Tobias Harris' follow shot with 2.4 seconds left.

Lopez then took the inbounds pass moving left, dribbled toward the baseline and shot the jumper as it appeared he might lose control of the ball, making the shot to cap a 29-point night. >> Read more...


Next game: The Nets return to action Thursday against the Suns in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)

Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick and forward Joe Harris will miss Tuesday's game vs. the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center, while Jeremy Lin is doubtful, the team announced.

Kilpatrick suffered an injured left hamstring while Joe Harris has a left shoulder injury.

Lin is dealing with a sprained right ankle and was limited to just seven minutes in Sunday's 111-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Kilpatrick averages 13.3 points and four rebounds per game, while Harris averages 8.2 and 2.8. Lin, who has played just 25 games this season, is averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 assists.

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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Nerlens Noel (3) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard K.J. McDaniels (14) during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104. fMandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Nerlens Noel (3) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard K.J. McDaniels (14) during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104. fMandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds, J.J. Barea scored 20 and the Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-104 Sunday.

The Mavericks led 94-92 with more than five minutes left before Barea scored nine straight Dallas points. Harrison Barnes added 19 points for the Mavericks.

After Barea's surge, Barnes' two layups made it 107-101 with 26.5 seconds remaining.

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Mar 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to an official during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston won 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to an official during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston won 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Nets remain the worst team in the league and have split four games since their last meeting with Dallas. Brooklyn is 4-8 since the All-Star break, when Jeremy Lin returned from a second strained left hamstring.

Three of Brooklyn's last four losses were by single digits and the Nets are 8-26 in games decided by fewer than 10 points.

The latest was a 98-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday. In their 18th loss in the last 19 home games, the Nets missed potential 3-pointers by Brook Lopez and Quincy Acy in the final six seconds.

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Boston's Al Horford blocks a shot by Brooklyn's Isaiah Whitehead during the first half. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Boston's Al Horford blocks a shot by Brooklyn's Isaiah Whitehead during the first half. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jae Crowder scored 23 points as the Celtics, playing without Isaiah Thomas, held off the Nets for a 98-95 victory at Barclays Center Friday.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Brook Lopez scored a game-high 24 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets defeated the Knicks for the second time in five days, 121-110, Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn defeated New York 120-112 on Sunday at the Barclays Center.

The Nets trailed by seven at halftime and were down 67-58 with 9:53 left in the third. Brooklyn finished the third quarter on a 34-20 run to take a 92-87 lead into the final period.

Tags: Brook Lopez, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
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 (Nicole Sweet)
(Nicole Sweet)

The Knicks host the Nets at Madison Square Garden tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks have made at least 10 three-pointers in each of their last six games against the Nets in Madison Square Garden and have won the last three contests (won, 110-96, on November 9 earlier this season).
  • The Nets have allowed at least 100 points in 42 consecutive road games dating back to last season, the longest streak since the Denver Nuggets did so in 49 straight games (1989-90 to 1991-92).
  • The Knicks tied their lowest scoring output of the season, but still defeated the Pacers on Tuesday, 87-81. New York has only lost twice this season when its opponent scores 100 points or less (11-2).
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Brook Lopez notes how familiar the Nets are with the crosstown rival Knicks, and Jeremy Lin says the Nets must treat it like any other game.

Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at the United Center. (Mike Dinovo)
Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at the United Center. (Mike Dinovo)

Joe Harris (concussion/shoulder) and Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) have both been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Knicks, the team announced. 

Harris will now be sidelined for his seventh consecutive game. Kilpatrick suffered the hamstring injury during Tuesday's game against the Thunder. 

Harris is averaging 8.2 points per game this season while Kilpatrick has averaged 13.3 points and four rebounds per contest. 

 


 (Jennifer Stewart)
(Jennifer Stewart)

The Nets will sign guard Archie Goodwin to a 10-day contract, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Goodwin has spent a majority of this season with the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA D-League. In 34 games with the Swarm, the 22-year old guard is averaging 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 32.7 minutes per game.

Goodwin, who played three seasons with the Suns, has appeared in 153 games over his career, averaging 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 14.5 minutes per game.

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