The Nets fell 148-144 in double overtime on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.
It was a difficult game to complete as both teams watched Portland's Jusuf Nurkic taken off the court on a stretcher with a nasty left leg injury.
Point guard D'Angelo Russell continued his stellar play with a team-high 39 points for his third 30-point game in the last four. Russell also contributed nine rebounds and eight assists.
"I'm a nervous guy. He's just cool," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters of Russell. "Doesn't get fazed. He's one of those guys, special guys, they really enjoy the moment. They don't get flustered. I never see him get frustrated. And keeps his cool, keeps his composure and keeps his IQ. Some guys, things go wrong and they go haywire. He kind of keeps locked in. That's a special thing he has."
Spencer Dinwiddie also scored 22 points, DeMarre Carroll added 18 and Caris LeVert had 16 to go along with seven assists.
The result was a tough four-point loss and now the Nets will conclude their grueling seven-game road trip against the Sixers, who are desperate for a victory.
Atkinson told his team that winning at least one of the final two games on the trip would be ideal. It won't be an easy task coming to Philadelphia.
"I'd love to, if we could split them that would be a huge bonus," Atkinson told reporters. "Would give us a lot of momentum going into the rest of our schedule." >> Read more
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