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.
"I didn't hear the extension chant," Dinwiddie said. "I know when I say that you're going to think I'm lying. I did, however, hear the 'three more years' chant this game. It felt good for sure. It doesn't affect your play. They don't control whether I make or miss free throws. It did feel good."
The Nets (12-18) signed Dinwiddie to a three-year extension on Friday, six days he was initially eligible to get one. The extension was signed exactly two years after his first home game with the Nets and two days after Dinwiddie scored a career-high 39 points in a 127-124 win at Philadelphia.
After discussing the extension before the game, Dinwiddie scored 27 points in a 120-113 victory over the Washington Wizards. It was his third straight game with at least 25 points, becoming the first Nets reserve to do so since Cliff T. Robinson did it Feb. 7-11, 1981.
Dinwiddie is averaging 30.3 points in his last three games and scored in his last 23 games as a reserve.
Brooklyn is on its first four-game winning streak since getting six straight wins from March 25-April 3, 2015 when Dinwiddie was concluding a rookie season with the Detroit Pistons, who played him in 34 games for 13.4 minutes per.
The winning streak is on the heels of an eight-game losing streak and 10 losses in 12 games following a right foot injury to Caris LeVert on Nov. 12 in Minnesota.
In between blowing a 23-point lead and taking a 114-112 home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 5 and getting an overtime win over the league-leading Toronto Raptors two nights later, the Nets held a players-only meeting and looked at film after practice.
"It also spurred some communication," Dinwiddie said. "Now we're kind of rolling a little bit. Let's keep it going."
"Obviously you never want to lose eight games in a row, but what we've learned in those eight games has helped us finish and execute here as of late," Brooklyn guard Joe Harris said.
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