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.
"We just missed shots down the stretch," Russell told reporters after he hit seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points in the first quarter. "I think if we make those shots it might be a different game."
Russell has been a bit streaky of late, though he does have at least 20 points in three of Brooklyn's last four games. Russell also had a 25-point showing and a 21-point game in recent weeks. He's also had games of three, four, six, six and eight points.
On Tuesday, though, he was dominant, hitting 10 of 22 shots and 7 of 12 from 3-point range.
"My teammates got me open," Russell said. "In transition, they found me. Maybe they made the extra pass to me. I give a lot of credit to them." >> Read more
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