Nov 22, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) scores with a dunk over Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (8) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 22, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) scores with a dunk over Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (8) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brook Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Jarrett Jack scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 111-101 on Sunday for a split of a home-and-home series.

Two nights after the Celtics won by 25 in Boston, the Nets dominated the second quarter that was pivotal in both games and held on after blowing most of a 22-point lead, their largest of the season.

Joe Johnson added 17 points for the Nets, who have won two in a row at home, where they have barely played this season.

Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points for the Celtics, taking on more responsibility in the backcourt with starting guard Marcus Smart lost for possibly a couple of weeks with a lower left leg injury.

The Celtics outscored the Nets 43-23 in the second quarter Friday. This time, Brooklyn made 14 of 21 shots in a 35-point second quarter en route to a 59-42 advantage at halftime.

Brooklyn then pushed it to 67-45 early in the third, but Thomas scored 15 and Bradley hit three of his seven 3-pointers in the period to finally get the Celtics in the game.

The Celtics had won the last three meetings and every loss for the Nets is big for them this season, since Brooklyn owes Boston its first-round pick from the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade in 2013. The Nets have one of the NBA's worst records, so it's looking like the Celtics will get a good one.

But they couldn't help themselves further Sunday, as Jack steadied the Nets after Boston cut it to 90-86 with about 9 minutes remaining.

TIP-INS

Celtics David Lee was scoreless and missed all three shots in 7 minutes off the bench after going 5 for 5 for 11 points Friday. ... The Celtics came in forcing an NBA-best 19.6 turnovers per game, but they coughed it up 17 times Sunday, leading to 25 points for the Nets. ... Boston fell to 3-2 on the road.

Nets: G Wayne Ellington sat out with a migraine. ... The Nets are nearly finished with a stretch that has them playing 11 of their first 16 games on the road. They visit Oklahoma City and Cleveland this week, then play nine straight in New York - eight at home and one at the Knicks.

SMART SIDELINED

Coach Brad Stevens said before the game that Smart could miss at least a couple of weeks. He said the second-year guard won't need surgery and the injury, which he said was the subluxation of a joint, isn't considered a long-term problem, but that doctors want to make sure he's fully healed before returning.

HOME-AND-HOME - AND HOME-AND-HOME

The teams play again Jan. 2 in Boston and Jan. 4 in Brooklyn. It's the first time the Nets play two home-and-home series against the same opponent in one season since Indiana in 2007-08.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Visit Atlanta on Tuesday.

Nets: Visit Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during overtime at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during overtime at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie has been guaranteed a $1.65 million salary for the upcoming season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, citing sources.

Dinwiddie, 25, played 80 games last season during what was his best season, by far. He averaged a career-high 12.6 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game. It was his second season with the Nets after spending his first two NBA seasons with the Pistons.

Dinwiddie responded to the news via Twitter, calling it a "blessing."

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter and guard Courtney Lee defend against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter and guard Courtney Lee defend against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

After Metta World Peace predicted the Knicks would make the Eastern Conference Finals, the Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie expressed his displeasure by saying they weren't even the best team in the state.

And Knicks center Enes Kanter wasn't happy with that.

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Jan 8, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) shoots against Toronto Raptors power forward Serge Ibaka (9) during overtime at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 8, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) shoots against Toronto Raptors power forward Serge Ibaka (9) during overtime at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson suffered a left adductor strain on Saturday during Jeremy Lin's exhibition game in China, the team announced.

Hollis-Jefferson, who will begin rehab immediately, was participating in the 2018 Jeremy Lin All-Star game alongside teammate Spencer Dinwiddie when he injured himself on a dunk attempt, according to Nets Daily.

The recovery time for Hollis-Jefferson's injury was not immediately clear.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Monday the league has found an official sports betting partner in MGM Resorts International. 

In this deal, MGM will have the rights to use NBA highlights, names, logos and it's direct data feed. According to ESPN, the deal is worth at least $25 million over three years. 

"Let's take advantage of this opportunity and do something historic," Silver said, referencing the conversation he had with MGM's CEO James Murren before the deal was eventually struck. "And that is to enter into the first commercial partnership between a gaming establishment and the NBA."

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Mar 22, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard forward Treveon Graham (21) warms up before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)
Mar 22, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard forward Treveon Graham (21) warms up before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)

The Nets have signed Small Forward Treveon Graham to a two year deal according to the team's website. Graham went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft.

After four years at Virginia Commonwealth, he spent his first NBA season in the G League with Idaho Stampede. In his only G-League season, he averaged 15.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. 

The past two seasons have been promising for the 24 year old three and D specialist. Graham spent most of his first year on the bench averaging 7.0 minutes per game as well as 2.1 points.

 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Enes Kanter and Jared Dudley engaged on Twitter on Wednesday, months after they were involved in a feud that originated during a game and spilled onto Twitter.

The issue stems from a January game when Devin Booker of the Suns shoved Kanter in the back, leading to Booker's ejection.

Kanter tweeted a photoshopped image after the game of Booker holding an "L" on the court. 

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Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley goes to the basket ahead of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the second quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley goes to the basket ahead of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the second quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets traded Darrell Arthur to the Phoenix Suns for Jared Dudley and a 2021 second-round pick, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Dudley, 33, has one year and $9.5 million remaining on his three-year, $30 million deal he signed in 2016. Last season, he averaged just 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 48 games.

The 30-year-old Arthur was involved in last week's trade that sent Jeremy Lin to Denver and Kenneth Faried to Brooklyn. He averaged 2.8 points in 19 games for the Nuggets last season.

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Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

There have been rumors aplenty about where recently-traded Raptors F Kawhi Leonard could head in free agency in 2019, including New York a possibility. Many assumed that could only mean the Knicks.

Well, there might be another New York team with a chance at Leonard.

Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur said on the "Back to Back" podcast that Leonard is talking to other potential free agents about teaming up. One of those potential destinations could be Brooklyn, with the Nets wielding cap space next summer...

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The Nets have signed G Shabazz Napier to a two-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 

Napier, 27, averaged 8.7 points and 2.0 assists in 20.7 minutes per game for the Trail Blazers last season. 

The Trail Blazers chose not to offer Napier a qualifying offer, clearing the path for the Nets to sign him. 

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Jeremy Lin (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
Jeremy Lin (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets traded guard Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal involving several second-round picks and the rights to an international player who has yet to transition to the NBA, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Brooklyn will acquire Portland's 2020 second-round pick and the rights to Isaia Cordinier, a 2016 second-round pick from France, in exchange for Lin, a 2025 second-round pick and the right to swap picks in 2023.

Lin only played in 37 games in two seasons with the Nets in the past two seasons, including just one last season. His Brooklyn tenure mired by injury, he averaged 14.6 points and 5.1 assists the past two seasons.

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Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried and New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins battle for a rebound during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried and New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins battle for a rebound during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

On the same night as they traded Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks, the Nets acquired forwards Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, and two draft picks from the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Brooklyn will receive Denver's top-12 protected first-round pick in 2019 and an unprotected second-round pick in 2020, as the Nets take on approximately $21 million in salary for the 2018-19 season.

The Nets dealt guard Isaiah Whitehead, a 23-year-old guard who averaged 6.3 points in 16 games last season, to Denver, which will reportedly waive him upon the trade being completed, according to Wojnarowski.

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony might be headed back to New York; however, not with the Knicks. According to SirusXMNBA Radio's Mitch Lawrence, the Thunder are hoping to trade Melo to the Nets for some sort of return rather than buying his contract out.

The package would include Jeremy Lin for Carmelo and a package of draft picks. The only problem with this idea is that the salaries of Lin and Anthony do not match up. 

The Nets would have to add another contract to balance the astounding $27.9 million deal that Carmelo signed with the Knicks in 2012. The two contracts that could be packaged with Lin would be either SF Demarre Carroll who makes $15.4 million next year or SF Allen Crabbe who is slated to make $18.5 million. Both contracts are expiring. 

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Mar 28, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward center Dwight Howard (12) reacts to a foul call during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)
Mar 28, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward center Dwight Howard (12) reacts to a foul call during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)

The Nets have finalized a buyout of Dwight Howard's contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The buyout allows Howard to sign a two-year deal with the Wizards, sources told ESPN. According to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post, Howard will not clear waivers until Monday.

Shortly after trading for the eight-time All-Star, Howard requested one, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

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Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets hope Chinese basketball star Ding Yanyuhang will play with the team in the summer league after he practiced earlier this week.

"A lot of guys, we'll wait and see to make that determination," Nets assistant Jacque Vaughn told the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "We'll sit down as a group and come together and see what's best for all those guys."

Yanyuhang, 24, is a 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward who won back-to-back MVPs in the Chinese Basketball Association. He averaged 26 points and 5.2 rebounds in 45 games for Shandon last season.

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Jun 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dzanan Musa greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number twenty-nine overall pick to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dzanan Musa greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number twenty-nine overall pick to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Nets selected F Dzanan Musa with the No. 29 pick in the NBA Draft.

Musa, 19, is from Bosnia and Herzegovina and plays for Cedevita in Croatia. He averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this season. He shot 54.5 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from three.

Musa is listed at 6-foot-9, 185 pounds and turned pro at 16-years-old. He is described as a gifted scorer and a "potential defensive liability" by The Ringer.

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The Nets selected Latvian small forward Rodions Kurucs with the No. 40 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Kurucs has spent the last three seasons playing professionally in Spain with FC Barcelona. Kurucs, 20, originally declared for the draft last season but withdrew his name from consideration. 

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Mar 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) and forward Quincy Acy (13) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) and forward Quincy Acy (13) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Nets and Hornets are finalizing a deal that will bring Dwight Howard to Brooklyn, with Timofey Mozgov heading to Charlotte, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

The Nets will also be sending two future second-round picks and cash to Charlotte, says Wojnarowski, who notes deal will save the Nets $17 million in 2019-20, which will allow them to sign two max-salary players if they choose. Howard, 32, will make $23.8 million this season, after which he will be an unrestricted free agent.

Henry Carr, SNY.tv: The addition of Howard brings a veteran presence to a young frontcourt. Whether or not the Nets retain Jahlil Okafor, the acquisition of the former three-time Defensive Player of the Year will help with the development of Jarrett Allen...

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Brooklyn Nets center Timofey Mozgov, guard D'Angelo Russell and center Jarrett Allen look on during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Timofey Mozgov, guard D'Angelo Russell and center Jarrett Allen look on during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets center Timofey Mozgov criticzed head coach Kenny Atkinson multiple times when talking to reporters this month.

Mozgov said Atkinson, who has coached the Nets to a 48-116 record in two years since taking over, tried talking to him about his displeasure with the Nets' losing and his lack of playing time, but said he was not pleased with the response.

"I tried to speak to Atkinson but he was not able to give me answer," Mozgov told a Russian media outlet 10 days ago, according to SB Nation. "Anyway I'm confident. Just want to play for Brooklyn or any other NBA team. ... I tried to talk to him, but I did not succeed in drawing out something intelligible."

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Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nets G D'Angelo Russell summed up his first season in Brooklyn as "wavy" and "up and down" but believes he and the rest of the team can build upon the experience for next season.

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(David Butler II)

BOSTON (AP) Aron Baynes led a short-handed Boston lineup with a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds, carrying the Celtics to a 110-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in the regular season finale.

Jonathan Gibson scored 18 points, Guerschon Yabusele had 16 and Shane Larkin added 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics (55-27).

Nik Stauskas scored 18 points for the Nets (28-54) who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Allen Crabbe had 16 points. >> Read More

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Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Celtics are 3-0 against Brooklyn this season, but the three wins have been by a total of 12 points -- and Irving was the leading scorer in each of the three games. >> Read more

"Things are maybe turning that corner that we wanted to get a little early in the season, but it's better late than never," Allen Crabbe said after his career-high 41 points led his team to a 114-105 win over the Chicago Bulls Monday night.

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(Andy Marlin)

Nets SG Allen Crabbe dropped a career-high 41 points to lead Brooklyn over the Bulls, 114-105, for their second straight win over Chicago. >> Box Score

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Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets often shoot 3-pointers but not necessarily at a record pace.

After making a franchise-record 24 3-pointers on Saturday, the Nets attempt to produce another good showing from behind the arc Monday night when they host the Chicago Bulls in the second game of a home-and-home set.

The Nets average 35.5 attempts from 3-point range and are making 35.6 percent of their attempts heading into their final home game. The Nets increased their percentage from behind the arc by making 24 of 55 in Saturday's 124-96 rout at Chicago. >> Read more

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Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) shoots against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) shoots against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Nets set a new franchise record with 24 three-pointers in Saturday night's 124-96 win over the Bulls on Sunday.

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Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) smiles after scoring against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) smiles after scoring against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

CHICAGO (AP) Quincy Acy helped the Brooklyn Nets set a franchise record with 24 3-pointers in a 124-96 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

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Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

CHICAGO - From a standings perspective, the Brooklyn Nets don't have much left to play for this season.

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Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

MILWAUKEE (AP) Allen Crabbe scored 25 points and hit two 3-pointers in the closing minutes of a tight game, and the Brooklyn Nets shot 48 percent from behind the arc to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 119-111 on Thursday night.

The sharpshooting Nets were 19 of 39 from 3-point range, dealing a blow to the Bucks' hopes of moving up from the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Crabbe was clutch by hitting two of his five 3s over the final three minutes, the second coming with 1:18 left to give the Nets a six-point lead that sent Bucks fans to the exits.

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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)

MILWAUKEE -- Thanks to the Detroit Pistons' loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks will take to the court Thursday against Brooklyn assured of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Where the Bucks will be seeded and ultimately who they'll face when the postseason begins remains to be season, leaving plenty to play for over the final four games of the regular season.

Those four games also give forward Jabari Parker chances to build up his strength as he continues his return from ACL surgery in February.

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Apr 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Marco Belinelli (18) shoots during the fourth quarter of the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won the game 121-95. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Apr 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Marco Belinelli (18) shoots during the fourth quarter of the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won the game 121-95. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Ben Simmons had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their 11th straight victory, 121-95 over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.

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Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The question of whether the Philadelphia 76ers can survive without Joel Embiid has been answered with a resounding yes as they take an NBA-best 10-game winning streak into Tuesday night's matchup with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Nets G Isaiah Whitehead underwent successful surgery to repair the scapholunate ligament on his right wrist Tuesday, per NetsDaily's Anthony Puccio.

Whitehead sprained his wrist last week, and upon further examination, the Nets realized he needed surgery to repair the ligament.

The 23-year-old jumped back and forth between the Nets and G League Long Island Nets this season. He averaged 22.3 points, 3.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and shot 45 percent from the field in 30 games with Long Island this season. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie defends against Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie defends against Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Reggie Jackson scored 29 points, Stanley Johnson had 17, and the Detroit Pistons preserved their slim playoff hopes with a 108-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.

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Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- The Detroit Pistons are playing better recently but it is likely a case of too little, too late.

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Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

MIAMI (AP) Caris Levert scored with about a half-minute left in overtime to put Brooklyn up for good, Dwyane Wade missed on a play where he thought he got fouled at the buzzer and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 110-109 on Saturday night.

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Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd looks to the scoreboard during Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Chicago Bulls Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)  (Aaron Gash/AP)
Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd looks to the scoreboard during Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Chicago Bulls Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) (Aaron Gash/AP)

Former Nets guard Jason Kidd is expected to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kidd played six-and-a-half seasons of his 19-year career with the Nets and was an All-Star each one of his first three. Kidd led the Nets to back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in his first two seasons.  

He was a 10-time All-Star, the 1994-95 Rookie of the Year, NBA champion with the Mavericks in 2010, and ranks second all-time in assists (12,091).

Kidd went into coaching after retiring, becoming the head coach of the Nets in 2013. After spending one season there and leading the Nets to a playoff series victory, he transitioned to Milwaukee as the Bucks head coach. However, he was fired midway this season after the team posted a 23-22 record. 

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(Kim Klement)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) D'Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert each scored 16 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 111-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. >> Read More

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Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Brooklyn Nets are getting off to good starts of late. Finishing games are the problem and a cause of their three-game losing streak. >> Read more

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Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James had 37 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-114 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.

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(Nick Turchiaro)

The Nets poor fourth-quarter performance allowed the Raptors a comeback 16-112 win on their home court. >> Box Score

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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)

The Nets (23-49) are coming off a 111-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets when they squandered 23-point lead on Wednesday at Barclays Center. >> Read more

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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 (AP) - Dwight Howard had 32 points and 30 rebounds, becoming the first player with a 30-30 game against the Nets since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1978, and the Charlotte Hornets stormed back to beat Brooklyn 111-105 on Wednesday night.

Kemba Walker scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, who trailed by as many 23 points in the second half to win in front of an announced crowd of 10,231 at Barclay Center while a heavy snowfall outside blanketed the New York City area.

Trailing 105-102 with 2:14 left in regulation, the Hornets went on a 9-0 run to pull off the impressive comeback. >> Read more

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Mar 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1) reacts against the Memphis Grizzlies in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1) reacts against the Memphis Grizzlies in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK -- In their last two games, the Brooklyn Nets made enough plays in the fourth quarter and won.

If they get into a close game Wednesday against the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center and make the plays on both ends in the fourth quarter, the Nets will be on their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Brooklyn (23-48) won consecutive games for the fifth time this season Monday when it held off the Memphis Grizzlies for a 118-115 victory. The Nets outscored the Grizzlies 31-21 in the final 12 minutes, doing so after limiting the Dallas Mavericks to 17 points in the fourth on Saturday. >> Read more

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Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson puts up a shot against Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson puts up a shot against Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert each scored 22 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 118-115 on Monday night.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and DeMarre Carroll scored 18 points for the Nets, who have two straight wins for the first time since Jan. 19-21.

Andrew Harrison, who missed Memphis' last nine games due to a right wrist injury, scored 19 points, and Brionte Webber had a career-high 15. The Grizzlies have lost 20 of 21.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during overtime at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during overtime at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Taking satisfaction in the results of games has been difficult to accept for the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets in recent weeks.

Especially the Grizzlies.

Only one team will leave Barclays Center Monday night feeling good about getting a win when the Grizzlies visit the Nets.

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(Andy Marlin)

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.

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(Bill Streicher)

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.

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(Noah K. Murray)

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

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Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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.

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