This season, while still holding a losing record, the Nets are showing improvement at times and get their first crack at their ninth victory of the season Saturday afternoon when they host the Atlanta Hawks.
En route to a 20-62 record in the first season under coach Kenny Atkinson, the Nets (8-13) lost 33 times before getting their ninth win Jan. 20 at New Orleans. When the Nets scored 141 points in that game, it snapped an 11-game losing streak but also preceded a 16-game skid.
Since going 1-27 from Dec. 28-Feb. 25, Brooklyn is 19-26 and returns home coming off a 2-1 road trip. The Nets sandwiched wins at Memphis and Dallas around a loss in Houston.
Veteran forward and former Hawk DeMarre Carroll helped Brooklyn get those wins by scoring a season-high 24 points Sunday and adding 22 in Wednesday's 109-104 win at Dallas.
"The road trip we've really been going in the right direction," Carroll said. "Even in the Houston game, some of the young guys had significant minutes and they played the right way. The road trip has helped us grow. Now we've got to try to go home and get one against Atlanta." << Read more
Copyright 2017 by the Associated Press