NEW YORK (AP) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 23 points, D'Angelo Russell had 22 and the Brooklyn Nets recovered after blowing a double-digit lead to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-106 on Saturday night.
NEW YORK (AP) Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors won their ninth straight and 16th of 17, 116-102 over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid had 24 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and Robert Covington hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 35.4 seconds left to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 120-116 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
J.J. Redick added 23 points and Ben Simmons had 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for Philadelphia (38-30), which pulled a half-game behind idle Washington for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 21 points for the Nets (21-48), who lost their third straight and 19th in the last 22 games.
Brooklyn is coming off a 116-102 loss to the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. D'Angelo Russell led all scorers with 32 points -- his second straight game with at least 25 -- and the Nets led at the half, but the Raptors went on a run behind Jonas Valanciunas and handed Brooklyn its third straight loss and 17th in its last 20 games. >> Read more
NEW YORK (AP) Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors won their ninth straight and 16th of 17, 116-102 over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK -- The Toronto Raptors own some gaudy numbers -- an eight-game winning streak, 49 victories and a dominant 29-2 mark against losing teams.
Joel Embiid scored 21 points, Robert Covington added 19, and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Brooklyn Nets 120-97 on Sunday night.
Dario Saric scored 18 points and Ben Simmons had 11 points, six assists and six rebounds for the 76ers, who were able to avenge a disappointing loss to the Nets at Barclays Center in January.
D'Angelo Russell had 26 points for the Nets, who have lost 13 of their last 15 games.
NEW YORK -- Road games are not going well for the Philadelphia 76ers recently, but their remaining road schedule could be favorable.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Allen Crabbe made his first six 3-point attempts and finished with 29 points and eight rebounds, helping the Brooklyn Nets beat the Charlotte Hornets 125-111 on Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Caris Levert scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 points and 12 rebounds to provide a spark off the bench for the Nets. They entered the game tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Kemba Walker had 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Hornets. They've lost five straight games.
Teetering on the edge of playoff elimination following a rugged stretch of four games, the Charlotte Hornets begin a favorable turn in their schedule when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
The Hornets lost for the fourth straight time Tuesday, 128-114 to the Philadelphia 76ers. They are six games behind the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks, who are tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference and occupy the final two playoff spots.
Those four losses -- while costly -- were hardly unpredictable for Charlotte, which went up against the 76ers twice and Boston and Toronto once apiece over a seven-day span.
For the second time this season, the Nets challenged the defending-champion Warriors. However, just like the first time, Golden State emerged victorious in the end.
Steph Curry rode a hot shooting night, including six made threes, to 34 points as the Warriors held off the Nets, 114-101, at Oracle Arena.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors will seek a 50th win for the fifth consecutive season Tuesday night when they open a two-game homestand against the Brooklyn Nets.
Yet another hard-fought comeback crumbled before the eyes of the Nets in their 123-120 road loss to the Clippers Sunday night.
Down virtually the entire game, the Nets battled back from a 15-point deficit at one point to take a commanding 118-110 lead with about two-and-a-half minutes to play. That was all for nothing, though, as the Clippers rallied for a 13-2 run to finish the game, and send the Nets packing without a win.
"Yeah, very discouraging. We couldn't make the plays to put it away," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson told The Post's Brian Lewis after the loss. "The hardest thing in professional sports is to close out a game. That's where we're at right now with our ability to close it out. We're not there yet. We've been in a lot of games like this. We have to do a better job."
The Nets trailed essentially from the opening tip on Sunday night. Despite an inspired comeback and career-night from Caris LeVert, they finished the night trailing as well.
LeVert scored a career-high 27 points and assisted on five baskets, but the Nets lost to the Clippers, 123-120, after a go-ahead three-pointer by Austin Rivers. The Nets have lost three straight since ending an eight-game losing streak to begin the week.
Two days after the Los Angeles Clippers took down the team from Manhattan, they will work on conquering the one from Brooklyn.
When the Clippers handled the New York Knicks 128-105 on Friday at Staples Center, it kept them knocking on the door of playoff eligibility in the Western Conference as the division's ninth-place team.
An opportunity against the Nets (20-43) on Sunday could move the Clippers even closer to the playoffs.
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DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points and Jarrett Allen had a career-high 16 points along with a double-double, but it wasn't enough as the Nets fell to the Kings, 116-111, in overtime Thursday night on the West Coast.
Carroll tied the game with a 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in regulation and Spencer Dinwiddie then got to the line to hit two free throws, but De'Aaron Fox forced overtime with a floater as time expired and then proceeded to star in the single period of extra time. Dinwiddie had eight points and five assists in the loss.
The Nets were outscored, 16-11, in overtime. With the loss, the Nets dropped to 20-43 on the season and have now lost 14 of their last 16 games. Brooklyn is 0-5 in overtime games this season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Neither the Sacramento Kings nor the Brooklyn Nets have been caught up in the controversial conversations concerning the race by the dregs of the NBA to lose games. Yet, neither team seems capable anytime soon of winning more than just an occasional contest.
On Thursday, one of them will have to prevail. The two bottom feeders in their respective conferences face each other at the Golden 1 Center, giving each a chance to add a blip to what has seemed to be endless losing lately.
Sacramento has lost four straight at home, and Brooklyn has dropped seven straight on the road. >> Read more
CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 31 points and finished a month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 129-123 on Tuesday night.
CLEVELAND -- The Brooklyn Nets represent an important opportunity for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, and not just because of the draft pick.
Alan Crabbe scored 21 points and the Brooklyn Nets snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 104-87 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
Jarrett Allen and DeMarre Carroll each had 18 points for the Nets, and Joe Harris added 15.
Kris Dunn led Chicago with 23 points and Lauri Markkanen had 19.
A month ago, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson strained his right groin during a blowout loss in Milwaukee against the Bucks, and since then the Brooklyn Nets have been in a significant tailspin.
The Nets will get good news Monday when Hollis-Jefferson is expected to return from missing 12 games against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center.
Current Nets and former Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead was listed among numerous current and former college basketball players who reportedly received impermissible benefits and met with an agent while in school, Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde and Pete Thamel report.
The report also lists 2017 draft picks Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr. and Kyle Kuzma, and many other current and former players from schools like Texas, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Whitehead reportedly received $26,136 from the agency ASM Sports while he was a freshman at Seton Hall. Another document says he received $37,657 and was being set up for a payment plan, Yahoo! reports.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dwight Howard grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds and added 15 points, Kemba Walker scored 31 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-96 on Thursday night.
Dante Cunningham had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who lost their eighth straight game and fell to 19-41.
D'Angelo Russell, starting for the first time since November knee surgery, scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting.
When Sean Marks took over as GM of the Nets two years ago, the outlook was bleak and optimism low. The team had been rinsed of its draft picks for four years thanks to that fateful trade with the Celtics and were one of the worst teams in the league.
Normally, hope exists for all teams, no matter how putrid the on-court product is because at least losing contributes to the chance of drafting a star in the next draft. The Nets, of course, have been devoid of that hope which compounds the losing.
But this season, head coach Kenny Atkinson has earned plaudits, as well as the front office, for making the best they can with what they have. The team has improved, which is all Atkinson is looking for at this stage of the rebuild...
The Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets will each feature a new look when they return from the All-Star break to duel Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C.
Star point guard D'Angelo Russell is expected to make his first start for the Nets since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in November.
The team's leading scorer has played 13 games as a reserve under a minutes restriction since returning from his two-month absence.
LeBron James picked a winner in the NBA All-Star Game.
James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night.
Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie called it: He "didn't come here to lose."
Dinwiddie won the NBA Skills Challenge Saturday night, beating three straight opponents in a series of passing and shooting competitions en route to victory. He rallied in the first two rounds to beat Buddy Hield of the Kings and Jamal Murray of the Nuggets respectively. In the final round, Dinwiddie held on to beat Lauri Markkanen of the Bulls.
The win was a full-circle moment for Dinwiddie, who has been all over the place in his young career...
The Nets frustration continues to boil over, and they won't get to take it out on the court until next week.
They were on the verge of snapping their six-game losing streak against the Pacers Tuesday only to crumble in crunch time to lose 108-103 at Barclays Center. Luckily, their crosstown rival -- New York Knicks -- own the longest losing streak in the league with eight straight games. But after seven straight losses, that is certainly no pat on the back.
"It's frustrating. It sucks that we keep putting ourselves into good situations and we keep coming up short," Allen Crabbe told The Post's Brian Lewis. "We were definitely looking forward to getting this big win going into the All-Star break. Now we've got a week before our next game. Hopefully this break gives us some time to get our minds right, attack this second half of the season really well."
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NEW YORK (AP) Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, Corey Joseph added 15 points and 11 assists, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-103 on Wednesday night.
Myles Turner had 11 points and 14 boards, and former Net Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 14 points for the Pacers, who won their third straight game as they head into the All-Star break.
Allen Crabbe scored 23 points for the Nets, who went into the break with their seventh straight loss. >> Read more
NEW YORK -- Last week, general manager Kevin Pritchard was pondering ways to improve the Indiana Pacers. As the trade deadline came and went, no moves were made.
Then the Pacers justified the lack inactivity with two more victories and continued a strong push toward the All-Star break.
The Pacers hope to get one more win before the break Wednesday night when they visit the struggling Brooklyn Nets.
Indiana (32-25) is a season-high seven games over .500 after a 97-91 victory at Boston on Friday and a 121-113 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday. >> Read more
Lou Williams scored 20 points, DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and they got plenty of help from a balanced Clippers lineup in a 114-101 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
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The losses are starting to pile up for the Brooklyn Nets and, locked in a tight race in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Clippers are hoping to be the latest team to win at Barclays Center.
Calling the Nets' loss to the Pelicans Saturday night a tough one to swallow would be an understatement.
After battling back from a 28-point deficit at one point, the Nets managed to force a tie at 116 at the buzzer for overtime. But it was the ultimate teaser just to fight back and lose 138-128 at the end of the second overtime period.
The Nets thought they had the momentum to snap their four-game losing streak. Instead, it was another night they tasted a win on the tip of their tongue, but could enjoy it in the end.
NEW YORK -- Since losing DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending Achilles injury, New Orleans has struggled. And against the 76ers on Friday, the Pelicans reached their lowest point since Cousins was injured.
The Pelicans attempt to get going Saturday night when they visit the Brooklyn Nets, who also are struggling.
New Orleans (28-26) will make the short trip after a hideous showing on offense in a 100-82 loss. The Pelicans set a season-low in points and field-goal percentage (34.7) while also scoring 11 points in the third quarter, also a season-low.
The Nets have acquired F Dante Cunningham from the Pelicans for G Rashad Vaughn, per Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania.
Cunningham, 30, has been with the Pelicans the 2014-15 season coming off the bench. This season, he is averaging five points and 3.8 rebounds in 21.9 minutes.
Prior to his time in New Orleans, the 6-foot-8 forward has spent seasons with the Trail Blazers, Hornets, Grizzlies, and Timberwolves.
DETROIT (AP) Andre Drummond had 17 points and 27 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to five with a 115-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who have not lost since acquiring him in a trade last week. Griffin will face his old team Friday night when the Los Angeles Clippers are in town.
Allen Crabbe had 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter for the Nets. They have lost four in a row and eight of nine. >> Read more
There's been so much chatter about Blake Griffin's impact on the Detroit Pistons that Andre Drummond's accomplishments have gone overlooked.
Drummond was named as an All-Star replacement last week. He was selected as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 19.3 points, 19.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.7 blocks in three victories.
He didn't let up that evening, posting 17 points, 17 rebounds and five assists in a 111-91 victory over Portland. He also did some things that didn't show up on the stat sheet, such as playing solid defense on pick-and-rolls. >> Read more
NEW YORK (AP) James Harden scored 36 points, surpassing 15,000 for his career, and the Houston Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-113 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
NEW YORK -- The Houston Rockets are humming along nicely of late, armed with effective chemistry on both sides of the ball.
The Nets may be in a rebuild, but that doesn't mean head coach Kenny Atkinson can't get angry when his team underperforms.
Brooklyn has been reeling of late, losing six of their last seven games. And they haven't been close losses with four of them by a 14-point or more deficit at the final buzzer.
A rebuild is fine as long as the team is giving their all, and understands what kind of team they are together. Atkinson feels as if his team has lost their identity during this skid.
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The Nets traded center Tyler Zeller to the Milwaukee Bucks for guard Rashad Vaughn and a second-round pick, according to Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania.
If the Bucks' second-round pick lands between 31 to 47, it becomes Phoenix's pick, and Brooklyn would then acquire the Bucks' 2020 unprotected second-rounder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
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With the Nets looking for ways to dig themselves out of their rut, something as fundamental as rebounding could be the key to success.
The Nets have just five games left before the All-Star break, and they are aiming to reach it on a winning note. However, after dropping six of their last seven, Brooklyn is having issues with their opponents. And things won't be getting any easier as they will face teams like the Rockets and Pistons.
SG Joe Harris knows the team must stay focused on the games ahead and not the break from the court.
NEW YORK (AP) Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points, John Henson had 19 points and 18 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks easily extended their winning streak over the Brooklyn Nets to 10 games with a 109-94 victory Sunday.
NEW YORK -- Brooklyn (19-34) has dropped five of six since beating Miami and Detroit on Jan. 19 and 21. The Nets are 10-10 in games decided by five points or fewer after falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 102-99. >> Read More
For the first time since being traded to the Lakers, Brook Lopez returned to Brooklyn to play the Nets. In familiar surroundings, Lopez scored a team-high 19 points on 8-13 shooting.
This season with the Lakers, Lopez is averaging career lows in points (11.8) and minutes (20.8) per game. Lopez admitted it was a little weird being back in Brooklyn, but he felt like he was home.
"It was exciting. It was a little weird, but once it got to it, it was just like playing back home on that court," Lopez said, via Brian Lewis of NY Post. "Most importantly, it was great to get a win. … It was cool coming back seeing the fans. I appreciate them so much, so it was great to see that, and so many people, so many teammates."
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NEW YORK -- For nine seasons, Brook Lopez survived numerous coaches and teammates, played home games in three arenas and avoided getting traded several times. >> Read more
Spencer Dinwiddie will participate in the Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend, the league announced. Dinwiddie joins Lou Williams, Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray for the smalls and Kristaps Porzingis, Joel Embiid, Lauri Markkanen and Al Horford for the bigs.
Dinwiddie is the Nets lone representative at All-Star weekend this year. Porzingis won the Skills Challenge last season, Dinwiddie will look to knock down his crosstown rival.
This season, Dinwiddie is setting career highs across the board. He's averaging 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game for the Nets.
The All-Star game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. The skills challenge will be played on Saturday, Feb. 17 night amid the dunk and three-point contests. Those events will begin at 8 p.m.
NEW YORK (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie scored 27 points, D'Angelo Russell added 22 in his best performance since returning from knee surgery, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped a four-game skid with a 116-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Rookie center Jarrett Allen, making his first start at home, had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who took charge of a close game with an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter.
Dinwiddie had six points during the spurt and a pair of recent 76ers contributed the other five points in the first meeting since a trade between the teams last month. >> Read more