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The Brooklyn Nets haven't been over .500 all season and were 10 games under at one point.
They will try to get better than even when they play at the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
The Nets were 8-18 on Dec. 5 after they coughed up an 18-point lead after three quarters, losing 114-112 to visiting Oklahoma City as the Thunder's Paul George went off for 25 fourth-quarter points.
The Nets have been a bit of a surprise this season, as they currently own the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. They continue to play good basketball against Finals contenders, like the Rockets on Wednesday night.
Brooklyn defeated Houston on the road in an overtime thriller, and one of the main reasons the victory came in the first place was due to G Spencer Dinwiddie. The 25-year-old is having the best year of his career at the moment, and is solidifying himself as one of the young cornerstones of the team.
In fact, Dinwiddie signed a contract extension earlier this season, which will keep him in a Nets uniform for the near future. So New Yorkers should know about one of the hot, rising basketball stars in town, right? Well, maybe not...
It's October 2012 and the Brooklyn Nets are playing an exhibition game in Atlantic City -- 130 miles away from their new home in Brooklyn. The teams go back-and-forth as a pocket full of fans begin a chant: "Brooo-klynnn"
It was intimidating for the away team. It was "cool" because it replicated a chorus in Fabolous' rap song.
It was organic.
HOUSTON (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie didn't seem to be nearly as wowed by his late-game scoring for the Brooklyn Nets as he was by the fact that his team got an overtime victory on a night James Harden had a season-high 58 points.
"The man had 60 and we won," Dinwiddie said, shaking his head and only slightly exaggerating Harden's performance. "That's big-time for a young group."
Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Nets spoiled Harden's night with a 145-142 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. >> Read More
The Nets (22-23) continued to showcase growth by fending off the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter of their 109-102 victory at Barclays Center on Monday. Brooklyn again moved within a game of .500, doing so for the third time since Jan. 6. The Nets were last at .500 on Nov. 9.
Guard D'Angelo Russell continues to serve as a linchpin for the injury-ravaged Nets. He scored 18 of his 34 points in the third quarter to help Brooklyn end a 10-game losing skid to the Celtics. The Nets were without guards Shabazz Napier and Allen Crabbe, plus forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jared Dudley yet persevered thanks in large part to Russell, who has scored 20-plus points in seven of eight games while averaging seven assists over that span.
"There's no fear," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said of Russell. "He believes in himself. He's got tremendous, tremendous confidence. He's playing really well right now. I think with guys out, we've given him a little more of a green light. We need him to be aggressive. He and I have talked about it, and he was aggressive (Monday). We need him to keep doing that." >> Read More
The Nets are the hotter New York team by a long shot, and they're garnering interest from a number of players. Brooklyn enters Tuesday 22-23, winning nine of its last 10 home games and showing relentless ambition on the outskirts of the Eastern Conference.
If they seek a busy offseason reaping national attention, the Nets need to pick up a star. Brooklyn PG Spencer Dinwiddie decided to speak up on Monday, dancing on the edge of recruiting nine-time All-Star Kevin Durant.
D'Angelo Russell scored 18 of his 34 points in the third quarter and the Brooklyn Nets ended a 10-game losing streak to Boston with a 109-102 victory on Monday night, sending the Celtics to a winless three-game road trip.
With Kyrie Irving nursing a bruised right quadriceps, the Nets blew open the game with a 15-0 run in the third quarter and outscored the Celtics 44-21 in the period.
Jarrett Allen added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who have won nine of their last 10 home games. Rookie Rodions Kurucs also scored 19 points.
A pair of Atlantic Division rivals hoping to rebound from tough showings get together Monday night when the Brooklyn Nets host the Boston Celtics.
TORONTO (AP) Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 16 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-105 on Friday night for their second seven-game home winning streak of the season.
The Raptors have won four straight overall and six of seven. The only loss in that span was Jan. 3 at San Antonio.
The Brooklyn Nets, on a month-long hot streak, are now talking about being in playoff contention in a crowded Eastern Conference field.
The Nets should be able to rebound from a rare hiccup when they host the Atlanta Hawks (12-28) on Wednesday.
The Nets return home with 12 wins in their last 16 games since blowing a 23-point lead and losing to Oklahoma City on a Paul George buzzer-beater on Dec. 5. At that time, the Nets were 8-18 and on an eight-game losing streak that featured six single-digit losses and 10 losses in 12 games after losing Caris LeVert to a foot injury.
NEW YORK (AP) The Nets already showed they can fight their way out of tough times, having left an eight-game skid behind last month.
So a 19-point deficit certainly wasn't going to deter them.
The Brooklyn Nets, on a month-long hot streak, are now talking about being in playoff contention in a crowded Eastern Conference field.
The Nets should be able to rebound from a rare hiccup when they host the Atlanta Hawks (12-28) on Wednesday.
The Nets return home with 12 wins in their last 16 games since blowing a 23-point lead and losing to Oklahoma City on a Paul George buzzer-beater on Dec. 5. At that time, the Nets were 8-18 and on an eight-game losing streak that featured six single-digit losses and 10 losses in 12 games after losing Caris LeVert to a foot injury. >> Read More
Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games with an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead eight players in double figures as the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-95 on Monday night.
Jayson Tatum added 16 points, and Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 12 for the Celtics, who won their third straight game.
Rodions Kurucs led Brooklyn with 24 points. Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 and Kenneth Faried scored 13 with 12 rebounds. The Nets lost for just the fourth time in their last 16 games.
The surging Nets will face another major test on Monday night.
Brooklyn, one of the hottest teams in the NBA, heads to Boston to square off against the Celtics in a matchup of playoff contenders that was hard to fathom prior to the start of the season.
The Nets (20-21) have won three straight and 12 of their last 15 games to climb into the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings, just 4.5 games behind the Celtics (23-15), who are in fifth place.
The Nets will play LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers twice in China next preseason.
"It's an honor to help celebrate basketball's growth abroad, and represent Brooklyn and the League on an international stage," Nets guard Caris LeVert said in a press release. "The Nets have a connection to fans all over the world, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to visit China and play for our passionate Chinese fans for the very first time."
D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points, DeMarre Carroll had 20 points off the bench and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 117-100 on Sunday for their third straight victory.
Jarrett Allen added 19 and six rebounds as the Nets improved to 12-3 in their last 15 games, matching their best 15-game stretch since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.
Zach LaVine had 27 points for Chicago and Bobby Portis scored 17 in 20 minutes off the bench after missing seven games with a sprained right ankle. Kris Dunn added 16 points.
Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson likes to use his reserve players liberally and in the last three games, the second unit is producing significant numbers.
On Sunday afternoon, the Nets visit the Chicago Bulls and Atkinson is hoping to get continued production from his reserves.
Brooklyn (19-21) heads into the halfway point hovering near .500 because of its performance in the last month. Since an eight-game losing streak from Nov. 21-Dec. 5, the Nets are 11-3 in their last 14 games.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) D'Angelo Russell had 23 points and 10 assists, DeMarre Carroll added 20 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 109-100 on Friday night.
Joe Harris added 18 points for the Nets, who had six players in double figures. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 13 points and Jarrett Allen had 12 points and 12 rebounds, including five off the offensive glass.
Mike Conley, held scoreless in Wednesday's loss to Detroit, led the Grizzlies with 31 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 19 as Memphis lost its fourth in a row.
Before the Brooklyn Nets embarked on a hot streak, collapsing down the stretch was a key aspect of several losses.
One of those instances was at home to the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 30.
Five weeks after an excruciating double-overtime loss to the Grizzlies, the Nets head to Memphis on Friday night looking to maintain their momentum...Read More
Forget about Kevin Durant or any other big-time free agents, the Knicks need to be careful they do not lose Kristaps Porzingis this offseason.
Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, re-signing the 23-year-old is no sure thing and the Nets could potentially be the team to pry him away.
Because the Knicks decided to forgo an early contract extension with Porzingis last year, he will become a restricted free agent this summer.
Nets guard Allen Crabbe, who last played Dec. 12, will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks after the team identified the source of his sore right knee.
The team said Crabbe as a bruised fat pad, which has caused the 26-year-old guard to continue to feel pain and soreness despite being able to practice last week.
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said Brooklyn does not expect Crabbe to undergo surgery, however they will determine Crabbe's next steps after his re-evaluation.
NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell had 22 points and 13 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets built up a big enough lead with a 73-point first half to withstand Anthony Davis' monstrous return to the lineup, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 126-121 on Wednesday night.
Davis finished with 34 points and a career-high 26 rebounds after a one-game absence, but there weren't enough rebounds to get in the first half, when the Nets opened a 24-point lead during their highest-scoring first half at home in 17 years.
Joe Harris added 21 points for the Nets, who had 105 points through three quarters, then got consecutive baskets by Harris when New Orleans trimmed the down to seven with under 5 minutes remaining.
Besides containing Davis if he plays, the Nets will attempt to return to their winning ways after a lost weekend in Charlotte and Milwaukee. Following a wild 134-132 double-overtime win over Charlotte, the Nets followed it up with a 13-point loss in Charlotte on Friday and a 129-115 loss in Milwaukee on Saturday in a game when they trailed by 26 in the third quarter.
The Nets rested D'Angelo Russell and reserve Ed Davis but lost Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to a strained groin in the first quarter. Hollis-Jefferson may sit out Wednesday but coach Kenny Atkinson said earlier this week that he did not think it was as bad as the left groin strain the forward sustained in a charity game in China in August.
"It's not a pull, it's not a tear, (it's) a strain. So that's good news," Atkinson said. "I can't give you a timetable, but it's not a huge, long process like he went through in the offseason. So I'd say the news is positive in that sense."
MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo got turned away early but made the clutch plays late.
One of the NBA's most dynamic dunkers shook off a rare rejection and helped the Milwaukee Bucks turn away Brooklyn's attempt to rally from a 23-point deficit in a 129-115 win over the undermanned Nets on Saturday.
Antetokounmpo had his third triple-double of the season with 31 points , 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Khris Middleton scored 29 points, despite a quad injury. The Bucks, who have won three straight and seven of eight, extended their NBA-best record to 25-10.
MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks will try and close out the year on a high note when they play host the Brooklyn Nets Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee.
Back-to-back victories over the Knicks by a combined 30 points gave Milwaukee wins in six of its last eight games and eight in the last 11. As a result, the Bucks hold a slight lead over Toronto for first place in the Eastern Conference.
The addition of Brook Lopez over the summer is a big reason for Milwaukee's success. A somewhat unheralded signing during the annual free-agent frenzy, he's been a rock in the Bucks' front court -- not to mention lethal when he has the ball in his hands beyond the 3-point line.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker scored 29 points and made seven 3-pointers, Tony Parker had 17 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Charlotte Hornets avenged a double-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week with a 100-87 victory on Friday night.
Jeremy Lamb added 19 points and Cody Zeller had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Charlotte improved to 13-7 at home.
D'Angelo Russell scored 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting for the Nets, who lost for only the second time in the last 11 games.
CHARLOTTE -- The Charlotte Hornets hope to extract revenge on the Brooklyn Nets in the same manner that they did on the Chicago Bulls earlier this season when the clubs meet in a rematch Friday night.
The Nets shocked the Hornets 134-132 in two overtimes Wednesday night, getting the winning hoop when Charlotte's Malik Monk fumbled the ball in the final seconds to Brooklyn's Joe Harris, who turned it into a tie-breaking layup.
"Great fight," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson assessed after the game. "We lost the game three or four times.
Nets guard Allen Crabbe is working closer to his return from a sore right knee that has kept him out of Brooklyn's past seven games.
"He worked out. He's pretty much healthy and now we've just got to get him some three-on-three time, scrimmage time," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "Unfortunately we're not practicing a ton, so as soon as he gets his game rhythm back we'll throw him back in there. I'm not going to give exactly when. We've got to see how that progresses. [He's] healthy, but needs be in a return to play protocol. I don't think it'll be very long."
After Brookyln's first double overtime victory in over two years, the Nets close 2018 winning nine of their last 10 games -- defining a new standard as the hottest team in the league.
Joe Harris poured 27 points, making 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including the game-winner as the Nets showed no mercy in a wild and wacky 134-132 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday at Barclays Center.
Harris went 5-for-8 from 3-point range with six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 37 points, just two points away from matching his career-high. The guard went 7-for-16 from beyond the arc, adding 11 assists and making 12-of-29 field goal attempts.
The Nets got off to a slow start then clawed their way back for 34 points in the second quarter. Spencer Dinwiddie erupted off the bench for 37 points, helping Brooklyn rally into double overtime during a dramatic back-and-forth final quarter in the 134-132 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday at Barclays Center. >> Box score
1. Joe Harris scored 11 of 14 field goals for 27 points while D'Angelo Russell and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson poured 16 points apiece as Brooklyn won for the ninth time in its last 10 games.
2. While the Nets made 19 of 48 3-pointers, Charlotte shot 15-for-31 from beyond the arc. Harris went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and Dinwiddle went 7-for-17.
NEW YORK -- It was three weeks ago when the Brooklyn Nets walked off the court after being unable to stop Paul George and prevent the Oklahoma City Thunder from overcoming a 23-point deficit and winning on a buzzer-beater.
It was the kind of moment that threatened to demoralize the Nets, who felt they were close in most games during an eight-game losing streak. Instead, the Nets became one of the league's hottest teams with seven straight wins.
The streak ended Friday but the Nets won again Sunday and they seek their ninth win in 10 games Wednesday night when they host the Charlotte Hornets in the front end of a home-and-home set.
As we're in the middle of the holiday season, the Nets are on a roll of late, but still own the 10th seed in the East. And this Christmas, we have the perfect gift for you: GIFs!
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Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points off the bench to lead the Nets to a 111-103 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Box score
1. Dinwiddie made 7 of 14 field goals while D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points as Brooklyn won for the eighth time in its last nine games.
2. While the Nets made 10 of 27 3-pointers, Phoenix shot 3-for-17 from beyond the arc. Joe Harris went 3-for-7 from 3-point range and scored 13 points.
NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets finally lost a game, all the plays they were making in the fourth quarter for two weeks did not happen and their longest winning streak in nearly six years finally ended Friday night against the Indiana Pacers.
On Sunday, they attempt to start a new winning streak when they host the Phoenix Suns.
In one of the wildest pendulum swings in team history, the Nets followed an eight-game losing streak from Nov. 21-Dec. 5 with seven straight wins from Dec. 7-Dec. 19. The losing streak featured five losses by single digits and the winning streak featured six wins by single digits.
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson received a $25,000 fine for his quick tirade during Friday night's loss to the Pacers, the league announced Saturday.
Atkinson was booked for "verbally abusing game officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection." The call came with 1:09 left in the fourth quarter during a play he clearly didn't agree with. He needed to be held back by his assistant coaches, and Spencer Dinwiddie in the incident.
The loss last night by Atkinson's club snapped the seven-game win streak Brooklyn amassed over the past week or so.
Atkinson will look to stay calm and hopefully lead the Nets to a win on Sunday, when Brooklyn hosts the Suns at 6 p.m.
NEW YORK (AP) Victor Oladipo scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Thaddeus Young added 21, and the Indiana Pacers beat Brooklyn 114-106 Friday night, ending the Nets' seven-game winning streak.
Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis each added 17 point for the Pacers, who had lost their previous two.
Rookie Rodions Kurucs scored a season-high 26 points for Brooklyn, and DeMarre Carroll added 16.
CHICAGO (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie scored 27 points off the bench and made a critical defensive play in the final seconds, lifting the Brooklyn Nets over the Chicago Bulls 96-93 on Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory.
Jarrett Allen had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the resurgent Nets (15-18), who have put together the NBA's longest active winning streak on the heels of an eight-game skid. Brooklyn was coming off a 115-110 victory at home Tuesday night over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kris Dunn scored 24 points for Chicago, which has the worst record in the league at 7-25 after dropping 12 of its last 14. Bobby Portis added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls before exiting in the final minute with an apparent leg injury.
Chicago led 93-92 before Joe Harris put Brooklyn ahead to stay on a floating bank shot with 43 seconds left.
CHICAGO -- The Brooklyn Nets haven't had as much sustained success as they have strung together in more than three years.
Never mind that heading into Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls, the Nets (14-18) are four games under .500 despite winning six straight games. But after Brooklyn used a balanced scoring attack to extend its winning streak with a 115-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, the Nets will attempt to keep rolling in the back end of a back-to-back against Chicago on Wednesday at the United Center.
The winning streak came after Brooklyn endured an eight-game slide. Now, Brooklyn has left their past struggles in the rearview mirror.
Jarrett Allen achieved a feat on Tuesday that not many live to tell about.
He blocked LeBron James.
The Nets center stuffed the Lakers star two minutes into Brooklyn's 115-110 victory over Los Angeles -- its sixth straight win -- and joined rare company in doing so.
NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell had 22 points and a career high-tying 13 assists against his former team, and the Brooklyn Nets ran the NBA's longest winning streak to six games by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 115-110 on Tuesday night.
Joe Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 for the Nets, who last won six in a row from March 25 to April 3, 2015. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 17 points and Jared Dudley made some big baskets down the stretch to score 13.
LeBron James bounced back from his lowest-scoring game of the season with 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, but the Lakers finished 1-3 on their road trip. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Lonzo Ball scored 23 points.
NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets are on their longest winning streak in three-and-a-half years -- five games - and next up is a meeting with LeBron James.
Except for this time, it will not be in the colors of the Cleveland Cavaliers but the purple and gold of the Los Angeles Lakers.
James makes his latest visit to Brooklyn Tuesday night when the Lakers visit the Nets, who are on a five-game winning streak.
D'Angelo Russell scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Nets to their fifth straight win with a 144-127 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Box score
1. Russell made 13 of 19 shots and 5 of 9 3-pointers as Brooklyn topped 125 points for the third straight game. He also added seven assists and six rebounds.
2. Eight Nets finished in double figures, including Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with 18 points and Joe Harris and Jared Dudley, who both finished with 16.
We are underway.
John Sterling uttered those three words as he turned back the clock on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn. The legendary Yankees radio announcer returned to his stomping grounds to call the Nets-Hawks game at Barclays Center for YES Network.
Sterling, 80, began his broadcasting career calling play-by-play for the then-Baltimore Bullets for the 1970-71 NBA season. He came to New York to cover a number of sports, including professional hockey and football. Sterling served as the Nets and Islanders announcer from 1975-80 before spending nine years in Atlanta to cover the Hawks and Braves. He returned to New York to broadcast Yankees games in 1989 for WABC radio and has been with the Bronx Bombers ever since.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets keep adding to a big week.
The Washington Wizards sounded like a team that may be breaking up.
Dinwiddie scored 27 points in his first game since signing a three-year contract extension, and the Nets beat the Wizards 125-118 on Friday night for their season-best fourth straight victory.
NEW YORK -- Since last Saturday, Spencer Dinwiddie was eligible for a contract extension and as the day approached, he made no secret of his desire to remain with the Brooklyn Nets.
Then he delivered a 25-point showing in a win over the New York Knicks Saturday and followed it up with a career-high 39-point display in a 127-124 win at Philadelphia Wednesday.
A day later, Brooklyn announced Dinwiddie agreed to a contract extension and the guard along with the rest of the Nets will attempt to get a season-high fourth straight win Friday night when they host the Washington Wizards.
Dinwiddie was eligible for a four-year extension worth $47.5 million and multiple media outlets said the 25-year-old agreed to a three-year, $34 million deal with the third year being a player option.
Spencer Dinwiddie got his pay day.
Dinwiddie and the Nets agreed to a three-year contract extension, worth $34 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Dinwiddie became eligible for a four-year extension, worth a maximum $47.5 million on Saturday. However, the Nets didn't immediately commit to the 25-year-old long-term.
It was Brooklyn's second victory over Philadelphia (19-10) in three meetings.
The Brooklyn Nets are a confident bunch coming into their matchup against the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night after two straight wins, including a surprising 106-105 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors.
So they aren't about to back down from Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and the rest of the Sixers' daunting starting lineup. But what about Philadelphia's vaunted reserves?
The Sixers' bench is coming up big recently, including in a 116-102 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons on Monday night in the opener of a three-game homestand this week.