On Wednesday night, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers by a final score of 113 - 95.

The Skinny: The Nets started the game without Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace so MarShon Brooks along with Keith Bogans got the start. Brook Lopez was a point of emphasis early with the smaller Cavs lineup and Tyler Zeller playing center. Reggie Evans helped Lopez inside with six rebounds in the first to go with six points. MarShon Brooks looked engaged and in an offensive flow in the first with 11 points, two assists and a rebound. Good signs for Brooklyn early with Brooks producing in the paint. Nets shooting a hot 63 percent from the floor to go up 28- 20 after one.

The Bench Mob started the second without the normal Deron Williams or Joe Johnson anchoring the squad. The Nets started with a quick 10-4 run behind Brooks continued offensive onslaught with three more quick buckets to get him to 8-for-8 and 17 points early in the second. Net match biggest lead of the game with a nice play by Andray Blatche, up 15 points, 43-28 with six to play until half. Nets shooting the lights out and the rout is on. Williams and C.J. Watson hit back to back to back 3-pointers to get the lead to 63 -34 with under a minute to play. Nets outscored the Cavs 38-16 in the quarter to take a 66-36 lead at half behind 73 percent shooting.

The second half started very similar to the first half with Williams hitting another 3-pointer to sustain the 30 point lead. Williams was later called for his first ever career flagrant foul on Tyler Zeller's drive to the basket where he made contact with his head. No intent there. Every set the Nets ran worked including obvious inbounds plays. The Nets dominating the glass 31-17 midway through the third, Evans with 17 rebounds, which had been a problem for Brooklyn in the previous two games with Cleveland. The Nets kept the lead with a quality third quarter to go into the fourth up 95-68.

The Cavs came out to start the fourth with a 9-3 run to bring the Nets lead to 98-77 with nine minutes to play. Carlesimo called a timeout and the Nets settled down and finished the game for the starters. The bench turned it over a bit but the game was already over before the fourth quarter started. The final score did not indicate the dominance of the Nets with a 113-95 win.

High Scorers: MarShon Brooks came out aggressive starting at guard for Joe Johnson and it showed early with 19 first half points. He totaled 27 for the game which was a new career high for the second year guard. Deron Williams chipped in with 18 first half points to end with 24 points through three quarters of play. The two combined for 15 assists as well.

Tyler Zeller was the Cavs only offense for most of the game with 14 points until Kyrie Irving starting hoisting a ton of shots to end up up scoring a team high 16 points and six assists on an off night for him.

Key Stats: Nets shot and amazing 15-for-18 in the second for 83 percent and outscored the Cavs 38-16. The 73 percent at half was the Nets highest field goal percentage for a half all season.

Who Was Hot: MarShon Brooks was 9-for-9 and eclipsed his season-high of 17 points with 19 first half points and handed out four assists. He continued in the second with the same mentality and had a career high in points with 27 and dished out a healthy career-tying seven assists.

Who Was Not: Kyrie Irving was 2-for-9 in the first half with four assists and looked out of sorts. Tristan Thompson did not help going 0-for-5 in the first half as well. Irving ended the game 5-for-16 for 16 points.

Fun Fact: Brooklyn has won all of this season’s matchups and four straight over the Cavaliers. The Nets have taken four of their last five in Cleveland as well.

The Nets came out and hit the Cavs right in the mouth early in the paint with Lopez, Evans and Brooks attacking the basket at will. The smaller Cavs could not handle the Nets and it opened up the three point shot later in the second quarter.

MarShon Brooks was relentless in the first half hitting for a season high 19 points on 9-for-9 shooting while dishing out four assists. Deron Williams almost matched him with 18 points in the first half to blow open the game. The Nets backcourt of Williams/Brooks single handedly outscored the Cavs entire team 37-36 at halftime.

The 66-36 lead at half was the Nets was the largest halftime lead of the season.

The Nets looked refreshed and focused to open the second half which is a positive in itself after the year-long third quarter woes. Williams and Brooks continued to play well and moved the ball around to get C.J. Watson and Andray Blatche involved.

Whoever P.J. Carlesimo put on the floor seemed to work out and he just sat on the bench quietly in amazement as all Nets fans did.

The fourth quarter was sloppy early with the reserves in the game until the old veteran Jerry Stackhouse calmed things down with a three and a couple of nice assists. For the first time this year Carlesimo was able to sit his starters the entire fourth quarter without hesitation.

The Nets turnovers were the only negative on this night with 18 but the new season high of 31 assists more than made up for the mistakes.

The Nets now hold the franchise record with 21 road victories with a great win for Brooklyn to end the longest road trip in Nets history at 5-3.

Brooklyn (43-31) will be right back in action tomorrow night at home to play the visiting Chicago Bulls. The 7 p.m. game will be televised on TNT.

John Paolantonio is a Contributor to SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter@pingshoops.

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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)
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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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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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"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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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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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)

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

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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)

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)

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)

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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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)

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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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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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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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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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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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)

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)

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)

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)

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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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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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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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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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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Mar 11, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK -- The Toronto Raptors own some gaudy numbers -- an eight-game winning streak, 49 victories and a dominant 29-2 mark against losing teams.

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Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons shoots the ball past Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Joel Embiid scored 21 points, Robert Covington added 19, and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Brooklyn Nets 120-97 on Sunday night.

Dario Saric scored 18 points and Ben Simmons had 11 points, six assists and six rebounds for the 76ers, who were able to avenge a disappointing loss to the Nets at Barclays Center in January.

D'Angelo Russell had 26 points for the Nets, who have lost 13 of their last 15 games.

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Feb 4, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) moves the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson (31) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Feb 4, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) moves the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson (31) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK -- Road games are not going well for the Philadelphia 76ers recently, but their remaining road schedule could be favorable.

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Dec 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) gestures after scoring a three pointer during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) gestures after scoring a three pointer during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Allen Crabbe made his first six 3-point attempts and finished with 29 points and eight rebounds, helping the Brooklyn Nets beat the Charlotte Hornets 125-111 on Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Caris Levert scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 points and 12 rebounds to provide a spark off the bench for the Nets. They entered the game tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Kemba Walker had 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Hornets. They've lost five straight games.

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell and guard Spencer Dinwiddie react in the first quarter against Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Teetering on the edge of playoff elimination following a rugged stretch of four games, the Charlotte Hornets begin a favorable turn in their schedule when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.

The Hornets lost for the fourth straight time Tuesday, 128-114 to the Philadelphia 76ers. They are six games behind the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks, who are tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference and occupy the final two playoff spots.

Those four losses -- while costly -- were hardly unpredictable for Charlotte, which went up against the 76ers twice and Boston and Toronto once apiece over a seven-day span.

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For the second time this season, the Nets challenged the defending-champion Warriors. However, just like the first time, Golden State emerged victorious in the end.

Steph Curry rode a hot shooting night, including six made threes, to 34 points as the Warriors held off the Nets, 114-101, at Oracle Arena.

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Feb 10, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets defenders during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 10, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets defenders during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors will seek a 50th win for the fifth consecutive season Tuesday night when they open a two-game homestand against the Brooklyn Nets.

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(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Yet another hard-fought comeback crumbled before the eyes of the Nets in their 123-120 road loss to the Clippers Sunday night. 

Down virtually the entire game, the Nets battled back from a 15-point deficit at one point to take a commanding 118-110 lead with about two-and-a-half minutes to play. That was all for nothing, though, as the Clippers rallied for a 13-2 run to finish the game, and send the Nets packing without a win. 

"Yeah, very discouraging. We couldn't make the plays to put it away," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson told The Post's Brian Lewis after the loss. "The hardest thing in professional sports is to close out a game. That's where we're at right now with our ability to close it out. We're not there yet. We've been in a lot of games like this. We have to do a better job."

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, left, gets fouled by Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, left, gets fouled by Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

The Nets trailed essentially from the opening tip on Sunday night. Despite an inspired comeback and career-night from Caris LeVert, they finished the night trailing as well.

LeVert scored a career-high 27 points and assisted on five baskets, but the Nets lost to the Clippers, 123-120, after a go-ahead three-pointer by Austin Rivers. The Nets have lost three straight since ending an eight-game losing streak to begin the week.

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Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll passes the ball in the third quarter against Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll passes the ball in the third quarter against Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Two days after the Los Angeles Clippers took down the team from Manhattan, they will work on conquering the one from Brooklyn.

When the Clippers handled the New York Knicks 128-105 on Friday at Staples Center, it kept them knocking on the door of playoff eligibility in the Western Conference as the division's ninth-place team.

An opportunity against the Nets (20-43) on Sunday could move the Clippers even closer to the playoffs.

 

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DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points and Jarrett Allen had a career-high 16 points along with a double-double, but it wasn't enough as the Nets fell to the Kings, 116-111, in overtime Thursday night on the West Coast.

Carroll tied the game with a 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in regulation and Spencer Dinwiddie then got to the line to hit two free throws, but De'Aaron Fox forced overtime with a floater as time expired and then proceeded to star in the single period of extra time. Dinwiddie had eight points and five assists in the loss.

The Nets were outscored, 16-11, in overtime. With the loss, the Nets dropped to 20-43 on the season and have now lost 14 of their last 16 games. Brooklyn is 0-5 in overtime games this season.

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Feb 27, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) goes after a loose ball in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 27, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) goes after a loose ball in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Neither the Sacramento Kings nor the Brooklyn Nets have been caught up in the controversial conversations concerning the race by the dregs of the NBA to lose games. Yet, neither team seems capable anytime soon of winning more than just an occasional contest.

On Thursday, one of them will have to prevail. The two bottom feeders in their respective conferences face each other at the Golden 1 Center, giving each a chance to add a blip to what has seemed to be endless losing lately.

Sacramento has lost four straight at home, and Brooklyn has dropped seven straight on the road. >> Read more

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Feb 27, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket in the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 27, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket in the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 31 points and finished a month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 129-123 on Tuesday night.

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(Brad Penner)

CLEVELAND -- The Brooklyn Nets represent an important opportunity for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, and not just because of the draft pick.

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell and guard Spencer Dinwiddie react in the first quarter against Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell and guard Spencer Dinwiddie react in the first quarter against Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Alan Crabbe scored 21 points and the Brooklyn Nets snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 104-87 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

Jarrett Allen and DeMarre Carroll each had 18 points for the Nets, and Joe Harris added 15.

Kris Dunn led Chicago with 23 points and Lauri Markkanen had 19.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson shoots during the third quarter as Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock defends at Little Caesars Arena. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson shoots during the third quarter as Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock defends at Little Caesars Arena. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

A month ago, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson strained his right groin during a blowout loss in Milwaukee against the Bucks, and since then the Brooklyn Nets have been in a significant tailspin.

The Nets will get good news Monday when Hollis-Jefferson is expected to return from missing 12 games against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead looks on during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead looks on during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Current Nets and former Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead was listed among numerous current and former college basketball players who reportedly received impermissible benefits and met with an agent while in school, Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde and Pete Thamel report.

The report also lists 2017 draft picks Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr. and Kyle Kuzma, and many other current and former players from schools like Texas, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Whitehead reportedly received $26,136 from the agency ASM Sports while he was a freshman at Seton Hall. Another document says he received $37,657 and was being set up for a payment plan, Yahoo! reports.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Mason Plumlee during the first half on Tuesday night in Denver. (AP)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Mason Plumlee during the first half on Tuesday night in Denver. (AP)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dwight Howard grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds and added 15 points, Kemba Walker scored 31 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-96 on Thursday night.

Dante Cunningham had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who lost their eighth straight game and fell to 19-41.

D'Angelo Russell, starting for the first time since November knee surgery, scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

When Sean Marks took over as GM of the Nets two years ago, the outlook was bleak and optimism low. The team had been rinsed of its draft picks for four years thanks to that fateful trade with the Celtics and were one of the worst teams in the league. 

Normally, hope exists for all teams, no matter how putrid the on-court product is because at least losing contributes to the chance of drafting a star in the next draft. The Nets, of course, have been devoid of that hope which compounds the losing.

But this season, head coach Kenny Atkinson has earned plaudits, as well as the front office, for making the best they can with what they have. The team has improved, which is all Atkinson is looking for at this stage of the rebuild... 

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