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Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson believes the team's defense has come a long way which showed in Friday night's 101-95 victory over the Heat.

Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets officially waived forward/center Kenneth Faried on Saturday, which may expedite the process for Carmelo Anthony to be traded. 

The Houston Rockets are expected to sign Faried and insert him into the lineup immediately, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but must open up a roster spot by 5 p.m. ET on Monday to do so. 

While Anthony has not played for the Rockets since Nov. 8, he is still under contract and Houston is "aggressively working" to trade the 34-year-old forward by that deadline, according to Wojnarowski, who also added on Saturday that they do not plan to waive Anthony. 

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Jan 18, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) passes the ball as Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) defends during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 18, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) passes the ball as Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) defends during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) D'Angelo Russell matched his career high with 40 points and the Brooklyn Nets came back from a 21-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 117-115 on Friday night.

Russell's 3-pointer with 27.1 seconds left put the Nets up for the first time since they went ahead 2-0 in the game's first minute. After missed free throws by both teams left Brooklyn with a two-point lead, Evan Fournier missed a shot in the lane that would have tied it for Orlando.

It was the 16th win in 21 games for the Nets, who made 19 of 46 3-point shots.

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets haven't been over .500 all season and were 10 games under at one point.

They will try to get better than even when they play at the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

The Nets were 8-18 on Dec. 5 after they coughed up an 18-point lead after three quarters, losing 114-112 to visiting Oklahoma City as the Thunder's Paul George went off for 25 fourth-quarter points.

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Who is Spencer Dinwiddie? 00:01:24
After Dinwiddie led the Nets to a comeback win over the Rockets, we hit the streets to see if New Yorkers know who Dinwiddie is.

The Nets have been a bit of a surprise this season, as they currently own the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. They continue to play good basketball against Finals contenders, like the Rockets on Wednesday night.

Brooklyn defeated Houston on the road in an overtime thriller, and one of the main reasons the victory came in the first place was due to G Spencer Dinwiddie. The 25-year-old is having the best year of his career at the moment, and is solidifying himself as one of the young cornerstones of the team.

In fact, Dinwiddie signed a contract extension earlier this season, which will keep him in a Nets uniform for the near future. So New Yorkers should know about one of the hot, rising basketball stars in town, right? Well, maybe not...

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It's October 2012 and the Brooklyn Nets are playing an exhibition game in Atlantic City -- 130 miles away from their new home in Brooklyn. The teams go back-and-forth as a pocket full of fans begin a chant: "Brooo-klynnn"

It was intimidating for the away team. It was "cool" because it replicated a chorus in Fabolous' rap song.

It was organic.

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Jan 16, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up for a layup over Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports (John Glaser)
Jan 16, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up for a layup over Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports (John Glaser)

HOUSTON (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie didn't seem to be nearly as wowed by his late-game scoring for the Brooklyn Nets as he was by the fact that his team got an overtime victory on a night James Harden had a season-high 58 points.

"The man had 60 and we won," Dinwiddie said, shaking his head and only slightly exaggerating Harden's performance. "That's big-time for a young group."

Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Nets spoiled Harden's night with a 145-142 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. >> Read More

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Jan 4, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) passes as Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson (1) defends in the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports (Nelson Chenault)
Jan 4, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) passes as Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson (1) defends in the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports (Nelson Chenault)

The Nets (22-23) continued to showcase growth by fending off the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter of their 109-102 victory at Barclays Center on Monday. Brooklyn again moved within a game of .500, doing so for the third time since Jan. 6. The Nets were last at .500 on Nov. 9.

Guard D'Angelo Russell continues to serve as a linchpin for the injury-ravaged Nets. He scored 18 of his 34 points in the third quarter to help Brooklyn end a 10-game losing skid to the Celtics. The Nets were without guards Shabazz Napier and Allen Crabbe, plus forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jared Dudley yet persevered thanks in large part to Russell, who has scored 20-plus points in seven of eight games while averaging seven assists over that span.

"There's no fear," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said of Russell. "He believes in himself. He's got tremendous, tremendous confidence. He's playing really well right now. I think with guys out, we've given him a little more of a green light. We need him to be aggressive. He and I have talked about it, and he was aggressive (Monday). We need him to keep doing that." >> Read More

 

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets are the hotter New York team by a long shot, and they're garnering interest from a number of players. Brooklyn enters Tuesday 22-23, winning nine of its last 10 home games and showing relentless ambition on the outskirts of the Eastern Conference.

If they seek a busy offseason reaping national attention, the Nets need to pick up a star. Brooklyn PG Spencer Dinwiddie decided to speak up on Monday, dancing on the edge of recruiting nine-time All-Star Kevin Durant

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell drives past Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell drives past Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

D'Angelo Russell scored 18 of his 34 points in the third quarter and the Brooklyn Nets ended a 10-game losing streak to Boston with a 109-102 victory on Monday night, sending the Celtics to a winless three-game road trip.

With Kyrie Irving nursing a bruised right quadriceps, the Nets blew open the game with a 15-0 run in the third quarter and outscored the Celtics 44-21 in the period.

Jarrett Allen added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who have won nine of their last 10 home games. Rookie Rodions Kurucs also scored 19 points.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives the ball against Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis in the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives the ball against Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis in the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

A pair of Atlantic Division rivals hoping to rebound from tough showings get together Monday night when the Brooklyn Nets host the Boston Celtics.

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(John E. Sokolowski)

TORONTO (AP) Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 16 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-105 on Friday night for their second seven-game home winning streak of the season.

Serge Ibaka added 14 points, OG Anunoby and Norman Powell each had 13, Delon Wright had 12 to help Toronto improve to 18-4 at home. They last lost at home Dec. 9 to Milwaukee.

The Raptors have won four straight overall and six of seven. The only loss in that span was Jan. 3 at San Antonio.

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Nov 30, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Garrett Temple (17) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 30, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Garrett Temple (17) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Brooklyn Nets, on a month-long hot streak, are now talking about being in playoff contention in a crowded Eastern Conference field.

The Nets should be able to rebound from a rare hiccup when they host the Atlanta Hawks (12-28) on Wednesday.

The Nets return home with 12 wins in their last 16 games since blowing a 23-point lead and losing to Oklahoma City on a Paul George buzzer-beater on Dec. 5. At that time, the Nets were 8-18 and on an eight-game losing streak that featured six single-digit losses and 10 losses in 12 games after losing Caris LeVert to a foot injury.

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Nets beat Hawks 116-100 00:01:25
Nets showed their maturity as a team, coming back from their largest deficit this season to beat Hawks 116-100.

NEW YORK (AP) The Nets already showed they can fight their way out of tough times, having left an eight-game skid behind last month.

So a 19-point deficit certainly wasn't going to deter them.

D'Angelo Russell scored 23 points, Ed Davis grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds, and the Nets climbed out of their early hole to beat the Atlanta Hawks 116-100 on Wednesday night.

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets, on a month-long hot streak, are now talking about being in playoff contention in a crowded Eastern Conference field.

The Nets should be able to rebound from a rare hiccup when they host the Atlanta Hawks (12-28) on Wednesday.

The Nets return home with 12 wins in their last 16 games since blowing a 23-point lead and losing to Oklahoma City on a Paul George buzzer-beater on Dec. 5. At that time, the Nets were 8-18 and on an eight-game losing streak that featured six single-digit losses and 10 losses in 12 games after losing Caris LeVert to a foot injury. >> Read More

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs in the second quarter at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs in the second quarter at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games with an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead eight players in double figures as the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-95 on Monday night.

Jayson Tatum added 16 points, and Al HorfordGordon HaywardMarcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 12 for the Celtics, who won their third straight game.

Rodions Kurucs led Brooklyn with 24 points. Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 and Kenneth Faried scored 13 with 12 rebounds. The Nets lost for just the fourth time in their last 16 games.

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Nov 20, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 20, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The surging Nets will face another major test on Monday night. 

Brooklyn, one of the hottest teams in the NBA, heads to Boston to square off against the Celtics in a matchup of playoff contenders that was hard to fathom prior to the start of the season. 

The Nets (20-21) have won three straight and 12 of their last 15 games to climb into the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings, just 4.5 games behind the Celtics (23-15), who are in fifth place.

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Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James shoots against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and point guard D'Angelo Russell during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James shoots against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and point guard D'Angelo Russell during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets will play LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers twice in China next preseason.

"It's an honor to help celebrate basketball's growth abroad, and represent Brooklyn and the League on an international stage," Nets guard Caris LeVert said in a press release. "The Nets have a connection to fans all over the world, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to visit China and play for our passionate Chinese fans for the very first time."

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points, DeMarre Carroll had 20 points off the bench and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 117-100 on Sunday for their third straight victory.

Jarrett Allen added 19 and six rebounds as the Nets improved to 12-3 in their last 15 games, matching their best 15-game stretch since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.

Zach LaVine had 27 points for Chicago and Bobby Portis scored 17 in 20 minutes off the bench after missing seven games with a sprained right ankle. Kris Dunn added 16 points.

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson likes to use his reserve players liberally and in the last three games, the second unit is producing significant numbers.

On Sunday afternoon, the Nets visit the Chicago Bulls and Atkinson is hoping to get continued production from his reserves.

Brooklyn (19-21) heads into the halfway point hovering near .500 because of its performance in the last month. Since an eight-game losing streak from Nov. 21-Dec. 5, the Nets are 11-3 in their last 14 games.

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Jan 4, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) passes as Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson (1) defends in the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports (Nelson Chenault)
Jan 4, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) passes as Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson (1) defends in the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports (Nelson Chenault)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) D'Angelo Russell had 23 points and 10 assists, DeMarre Carroll added 20 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 109-100 on Friday night.

Joe Harris added 18 points for the Nets, who had six players in double figures. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 13 points and Jarrett Allen had 12 points and 12 rebounds, including five off the offensive glass.

Mike Conley, held scoreless in Wednesday's loss to Detroit, led the Grizzlies with 31 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 19 as Memphis lost its fourth in a row.

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Nov 30, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Garrett Temple (17) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 30, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Garrett Temple (17) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Before the Brooklyn Nets embarked on a hot streak, collapsing down the stretch was a key aspect of several losses.

One of those instances was at home to the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 30.

Five weeks after an excruciating double-overtime loss to the Grizzlies, the Nets head to Memphis on Friday night looking to maintain their momentum...Read More

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Forget about Kevin Durant or any other big-time free agents, the Knicks need to be careful they do not lose Kristaps Porzingis this offseason. 

Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, re-signing the 23-year-old is no sure thing and the Nets could potentially be the team to pry him away. 

Because the Knicks decided to forgo an early contract extension with Porzingis last year, he will become a restricted free agent this summer. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe on the bench in the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe on the bench in the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Allen Crabbe, who last played Dec. 12, will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks after the team identified the source of his sore right knee.

The team said Crabbe as a bruised fat pad, which has caused the 26-year-old guard to continue to feel pain and soreness despite being able to practice last week.

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said Brooklyn does not expect Crabbe to undergo surgery, however they will determine Crabbe's next steps after his re-evaluation.

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Jan 2, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the second half at Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets won 126-121.Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 2, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the second half at Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets won 126-121.Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell had 22 points and 13 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets built up a big enough lead with a 73-point first half to withstand Anthony Davis' monstrous return to the lineup, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 126-121 on Wednesday night.

Davis finished with 34 points and a career-high 26 rebounds after a one-game absence, but there weren't enough rebounds to get in the first half, when the Nets opened a 24-point lead during their highest-scoring first half at home in 17 years.

Joe Harris added 21 points for the Nets, who had 105 points through three quarters, then got consecutive baskets by Harris when New Orleans trimmed the down to seven with under 5 minutes remaining.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley and guard Spencer Dinwiddie and center Jarrett Allen react in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley and guard Spencer Dinwiddie and center Jarrett Allen react in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Besides containing Davis if he plays, the Nets will attempt to return to their winning ways after a lost weekend in Charlotte and Milwaukee. Following a wild 134-132 double-overtime win over Charlotte, the Nets followed it up with a 13-point loss in Charlotte on Friday and a 129-115 loss in Milwaukee on Saturday in a game when they trailed by 26 in the third quarter.

The Nets rested D'Angelo Russell and reserve Ed Davis but lost Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to a strained groin in the first quarter. Hollis-Jefferson may sit out Wednesday but coach Kenny Atkinson said earlier this week that he did not think it was as bad as the left groin strain the forward sustained in a charity game in China in August.

"It's not a pull, it's not a tear, (it's) a strain. So that's good news," Atkinson said. "I can't give you a timetable, but it's not a huge, long process like he went through in the offseason. So I'd say the news is positive in that sense."

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Dec 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells at referee Tony Brothers (25) during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells at referee Tony Brothers (25) during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo got turned away early but made the clutch plays late.

One of the NBA's most dynamic dunkers shook off a rare rejection and helped the Milwaukee Bucks turn away Brooklyn's attempt to rally from a 23-point deficit in a 129-115 win over the undermanned Nets on Saturday.

Antetokounmpo had his third triple-double of the season with 31 points , 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Khris Middleton scored 29 points, despite a quad injury. The Bucks, who have won three straight and seven of eight, extended their NBA-best record to 25-10.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks will try and close out the year on a high note when they play host the Brooklyn Nets Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee.

Back-to-back victories over the Knicks by a combined 30 points gave Milwaukee wins in six of its last eight games and eight in the last 11. As a result, the Bucks hold a slight lead over Toronto for first place in the Eastern Conference.

The addition of Brook Lopez over the summer is a big reason for Milwaukee's success. A somewhat unheralded signing during the annual free-agent frenzy, he's been a rock in the Bucks' front court -- not to mention lethal when he has the ball in his hands beyond the 3-point line.

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Dec 28, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Parker (9) drives in against Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley (6) during the second half at the Spectrum Center. Hornets won 100-87. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)
Dec 28, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Parker (9) drives in against Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley (6) during the second half at the Spectrum Center. Hornets won 100-87. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker scored 29 points and made seven 3-pointers, Tony Parker had 17 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Charlotte Hornets avenged a double-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week with a 100-87 victory on Friday night.

Jeremy Lamb added 19 points and Cody Zeller had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Charlotte improved to 13-7 at home.

D'Angelo Russell scored 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting for the Nets, who lost for only the second time in the last 11 games.

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

CHARLOTTE -- The Charlotte Hornets hope to extract revenge on the Brooklyn Nets in the same manner that they did on the Chicago Bulls earlier this season when the clubs meet in a rematch Friday night.

The Nets shocked the Hornets 134-132 in two overtimes Wednesday night, getting the winning hoop when Charlotte's Malik Monk fumbled the ball in the final seconds to Brooklyn's Joe Harris, who turned it into a tie-breaking layup.

"Great fight," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson assessed after the game. "We lost the game three or four times.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe on the bench in the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe on the bench in the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Allen Crabbe is working closer to his return from a sore right knee that has kept him out of Brooklyn's past seven games.

"He worked out. He's pretty much healthy and now we've just got to get him some three-on-three time, scrimmage time," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "Unfortunately we're not practicing a ton, so as soon as he gets his game rhythm back we'll throw him back in there. I'm not going to give exactly when. We've got to see how that progresses. [He's] healthy, but needs be in a return to play protocol. I don't think it'll be very long."

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Oct 24, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) celebrates a three-pointer during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Oct 24, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) celebrates a three-pointer during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

After Brookyln's first double overtime victory in over two years, the Nets close 2018 winning nine of their last 10 games -- defining a new standard as the hottest team in the league.

Joe Harris poured 27 points, making 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including the game-winner as the Nets showed no mercy in a wild and wacky 134-132 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday at Barclays Center. 

Harris went 5-for-8 from 3-point range with six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 37 points, just two points away from matching his career-high. The guard went 7-for-16 from beyond the arc, adding 11 assists and making 12-of-29 field goal attempts.

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Dec 26, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) goes up for a shot and is fouled by Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 26, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) goes up for a shot and is fouled by Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Nets got off to a slow start then clawed their way back for 34 points in the second quarter. Spencer Dinwiddie erupted off the bench for 37 points, helping Brooklyn rally into double overtime during a dramatic back-and-forth final quarter in the 134-132 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday at Barclays Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1. Joe Harris scored 11 of 14 field goals for 27 points while D'Angelo Russell and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson poured 16 points apiece as Brooklyn won for the ninth time in its last 10 games.

2. While the Nets made 19 of 48 3-pointers, Charlotte shot 15-for-31 from beyond the arc. Harris went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and Dinwiddle went 7-for-17.

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Mar 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) reacts with center Jarrett Allen (31) against the Charlotte Hornets in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) reacts with center Jarrett Allen (31) against the Charlotte Hornets in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK -- It was three weeks ago when the Brooklyn Nets walked off the court after being unable to stop Paul George and prevent the Oklahoma City Thunder from overcoming a 23-point deficit and winning on a buzzer-beater.

It was the kind of moment that threatened to demoralize the Nets, who felt they were close in most games during an eight-game losing streak. Instead, the Nets became one of the league's hottest teams with seven straight wins.

The streak ended Friday but the Nets won again Sunday and they seek their ninth win in 10 games Wednesday night when they host the Charlotte Hornets in the front end of a home-and-home set.

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With the holiday season upon us, SNY would like to give a GIF for a few of the NY sports teams during the season of giving.

As we're in the middle of the holiday season, the Nets are on a roll of late, but still own the 10th seed in the East. And this Christmas, we have the perfect gift for you: GIFs!

You can use these to support your Nets all season long.

Check them out below!

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Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley and guard Spencer Dinwiddie and center Jarrett Allen react in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley and guard Spencer Dinwiddie and center Jarrett Allen react in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points off the bench to lead the Nets to a 111-103 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Dinwiddie made 7 of 14 field goals while D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points as Brooklyn won for the eighth time in its last nine games.

2. While the Nets made 10 of 27 3-pointers, Phoenix shot 3-for-17 from beyond the arc. Joe Harris went 3-for-7 from 3-point range and scored 13 points.

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Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets finally lost a game, all the plays they were making in the fourth quarter for two weeks did not happen and their longest winning streak in nearly six years finally ended Friday night against the Indiana Pacers.

On Sunday, they attempt to start a new winning streak when they host the Phoenix Suns.

In one of the wildest pendulum swings in team history, the Nets followed an eight-game losing streak from Nov. 21-Dec. 5 with seven straight wins from Dec. 7-Dec. 19. The losing streak featured five losses by single digits and the winning streak featured six wins by single digits.

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Dec 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells at referee Tony Brothers (25) during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells at referee Tony Brothers (25) during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson received a $25,000 fine for his quick tirade during Friday night's loss to the Pacers, the league announced Saturday.

Atkinson was booked for "verbally abusing game officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection." The call came with 1:09 left in the fourth quarter during a play he clearly didn't agree with. He needed to be held back by his assistant coaches, and Spencer Dinwiddie in the incident.

The loss last night by Atkinson's club snapped the seven-game win streak Brooklyn amassed over the past week or so. 

Atkinson will look to stay calm and hopefully lead the Nets to a win on Sunday, when Brooklyn hosts the Suns at 6 p.m.

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Dec 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo (4) dunks against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo (4) dunks against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) Victor Oladipo scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Thaddeus Young added 21, and the Indiana Pacers beat Brooklyn 114-106 Friday night, ending the Nets' seven-game winning streak.

Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis each added 17 point for the Pacers, who had lost their previous two.

Rookie Rodions Kurucs scored a season-high 26 points for Brooklyn, and DeMarre Carroll added 16.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie shoots the ball past Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris during the second half at Capital One Arena. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie shoots the ball past Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris during the second half at Capital One Arena. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie scored 27 points off the bench and made a critical defensive play in the final seconds, lifting the Brooklyn Nets over the Chicago Bulls 96-93 on Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Jarrett Allen had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the resurgent Nets (15-18), who have put together the NBA's longest active winning streak on the heels of an eight-game skid. Brooklyn was coming off a 115-110 victory at home Tuesday night over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kris Dunn scored 24 points for Chicago, which has the worst record in the league at 7-25 after dropping 12 of its last 14. Bobby Portis added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls before exiting in the final minute with an apparent leg injury.

Chicago led 93-92 before Joe Harris put Brooklyn ahead to stay on a floating bank shot with 43 seconds left.

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO -- The Brooklyn Nets haven't had as much sustained success as they have strung together in more than three years.

Never mind that heading into Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls, the Nets (14-18) are four games under .500 despite winning six straight games. But after Brooklyn used a balanced scoring attack to extend its winning streak with a 115-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, the Nets will attempt to keep rolling in the back end of a back-to-back against Chicago on Wednesday at the United Center.

The winning streak came after Brooklyn endured an eight-game slide. Now, Brooklyn has left their past struggles in the rearview mirror.

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Jarrett Allen achieved a feat on Tuesday that not many live to tell about. 

He blocked LeBron James. 

The Nets center stuffed the Lakers star two minutes into Brooklyn's 115-110 victory over Los Angeles -- its sixth straight win -- and joined rare company in doing so. 

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Dec 7, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) and Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Raptors 106-105 in overtime at Barclays Center. 
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Dec 7, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) and Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Raptors 106-105 in overtime at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell had 22 points and a career high-tying 13 assists against his former team, and the Brooklyn Nets ran the NBA's longest winning streak to six games by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 115-110 on Tuesday night.

Joe Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 for the Nets, who last won six in a row from March 25 to April 3, 2015. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 17 points and Jared Dudley made some big baskets down the stretch to score 13.

LeBron James bounced back from his lowest-scoring game of the season with 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, but the Lakers finished 1-3 on their road trip. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Lonzo Ball scored 23 points.

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Nov 20, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 20, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets are on their longest winning streak in three-and-a-half years -- five games - and next up is a meeting with LeBron James.

Except for this time, it will not be in the colors of the Cleveland Cavaliers but the purple and gold of the Los Angeles Lakers.

James makes his latest visit to Brooklyn Tuesday night when the Lakers visit the Nets, who are on a five-game winning streak.

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

D'Angelo Russell scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Nets to their fifth straight win with a 144-127 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Russell made 13 of 19 shots and 5 of 9 3-pointers as Brooklyn topped 125 points for the third straight game. He also added seven assists and six rebounds. 

2. Eight Nets finished in double figures, including Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with 18 points and Joe Harris and Jared Dudley, who both finished with 16.

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Aug 20, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; WFAN New York Yankees broadcasters Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling call the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Aug 20, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; WFAN New York Yankees broadcasters Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling call the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

We are underway.

John Sterling uttered those three words as he turned back the clock on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn. The legendary Yankees radio announcer returned to his stomping grounds to call the Nets-Hawks game at Barclays Center for YES Network. 

Sterling, 80, began his broadcasting career calling play-by-play for the then-Baltimore Bullets for the 1970-71 NBA season. He came to New York to cover a number of sports, including professional hockey and football. Sterling served as the Nets and Islanders announcer from 1975-80 before spending nine years in Atlanta to cover the Hawks and Braves. He returned to New York to broadcast Yankees games in 1989 for WABC radio and has been with the Bronx Bombers ever since. 

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Feb 26, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) react in the first quarter against Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Feb 26, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) react in the first quarter against Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK -- For weeks, a segment of fans chanted "Extension, Extension" in reference to the Brooklyn Nets signing Spencer Dinwiddie to an extension as soon as he became eligible Dec. 8.

On Friday, Dinwiddie signed a three-year extension before leading the Nets to another win.

Now, Dinwiddie and the Nets seek their season-high fifth straight victory Sunday afternoon when they host the Atlanta Hawks.

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Nov 20, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 20, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

NEW YORK (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets keep adding to a big week.

The Washington Wizards sounded like a team that may be breaking up.

Dinwiddie scored 27 points in his first game since signing a three-year contract extension, and the Nets beat the Wizards 125-118 on Friday night for their season-best fourth straight victory.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie shoots the ball past Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris during the second half at Capital One Arena. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie shoots the ball past Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris during the second half at Capital One Arena. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- Since last Saturday, Spencer Dinwiddie was eligible for a contract extension and as the day approached, he made no secret of his desire to remain with the Brooklyn Nets.

Then he delivered a 25-point showing in a win over the New York Knicks Saturday and followed it up with a career-high 39-point display in a 127-124 win at Philadelphia Wednesday.

A day later, Brooklyn announced Dinwiddie agreed to a contract extension and the guard along with the rest of the Nets will attempt to get a season-high fourth straight win Friday night when they host the Washington Wizards.

Dinwiddie was eligible for a four-year extension worth $47.5 million and multiple media outlets said the 25-year-old agreed to a three-year, $34 million deal with the third year being a player option.

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Nov 20, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 20, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Spencer Dinwiddie got his pay day.

Dinwiddie and the Nets agreed to a three-year contract extension, worth $34 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Dinwiddie became eligible for a four-year extension, worth a maximum $47.5 million on Saturday. However, the Nets didn't immediately commit to the 25-year-old long-term. 

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