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.
The news began to emerge after the Nets concluded practice but Dinwiddie essentially confirmed it on social media by tweeting, "The journey is just beginning, I'm thankful that (Brooklyn Nets) believe in me enough to give me a home." Shortly after Dinwiddie's tweet, the Nets officially announced it.
Dinwiddie will be playing his 169th game with Brooklyn and it will occur on the second anniversary of his first home game as a Net when he played 13 minutes in a 10-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nets are on their second three-game winning streak of the season after losing eight straight from Nov. 21-Dec. 5 in a skid that featured four collapses in the fourth quarter and five single-digit losses.
The streak ended when D'Angelo Russell scored 29 points last Friday and the Nets outlasted the league-leading Toronto Raptors for a 106-105 overtime win. Dinwiddie scored 17 in the Toronto win but then scored 17 of his points in the second half of an eight-point win in New York over the Knicks on Saturday.
He followed it up with a very noteworthy performance, scoring 27 after halftime. Dinwiddie shot 61 percent (11-of-18), hit four 3-pointers -- all from 25 to 29 feet out.
"I think he has offensively been able to impose his skill set," Nets forward Joe Harris said. "His ability just to be able to finish from all three levels on the floor and I think it's really his ability just to get downhill that opens everything else up for him."
Dinwiddie's big night were the most points scored by a Nets reserve since 1981-82, eclipsing the 35 scored by Brook Lopez (2014-15), Derrick Coleman (1991-92) and James Bailey (1986-87). >> Read More
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