The longest winning streak in the NBA belongs to the Brooklyn Nets. And it was D & # 39; Angelo Russell – he played for the second time against the Lakers team that kicked him at the curb – who led them there.
Russell looked as if the leader of his old team doubted he could be – and how the building was blocking the nets he hoped would be. He spurred the nets to a 115-110 Tuesday win over the Lakers at the Barclays Center, a sixth straight win.
This series is the longest in the league and Brooklyn's best since 2014-15 and came with co-owner Joe Tsai watching his nets improve to 14-18.
Russell and Lonzo Ball will be joined in the eyes of many fans as the Lakers' past and present pointkeepers. Russell had a team with 22 points and a career with 1
Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points and six assists from the bench, while Jarrett Allen blocked an incision attempt by LeBron James, only the ninth time in King James' career, which has taken place in 1,850 attempts according to ESPN.
James had a high play-level of 36, but for the Lakers (18-13) it was not enough.
The nets followed 54-49 after James had driven in 3:10 minutes in half. But the nets, which often had trouble ending quarters and games, finished with a 13-3 run. Dinwiddie's drivers were only 62 seconds ahead of the finish in the locker room, 3.7 seconds from the end.
The nets eventually hit 79-65, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (17 points) midway through the third quarter.
And after a brief Lakers spurt, the nets responded with a 10: 4 run, Dinwiddie's basket made it to 100: 87.
That was when the nets gave six points to the lead quickly to reduce to seven and shrank on a Kyle Kuzma-3 pointer to 104-102. But Joe Harris (19 points) finally stopped the bleeding, and Jared Dudley made it to 108-102.
Ball's 3-pointer cut it to 108-105. But Dudley, who made a plethora of playful games along the way, struck a long turning point with two hands, while James merely watched and set up the Nets with a 53: 53-second interval of 110-105.
Russell's 3-pointer pressed 113-107, just 22.1 seconds. After James & # 39; 3's pointer, Hollis-Jefferson added a free-throw and James put on an airball.
"I just think of D & # 39; Angelo as a network, that's it," said manager Kenny Atkinson before the game. "For a 22-year-old player, he is progressing at a good pace. Of course we would like to see more consistency from him, but that's normal for a young player.
"He had some great games. He has taken a step forward since last season. I think he is on this natural evolution. If he assumes it is impossible to predict the future. But young people who have been in our program have been constantly evolving, getting better and better. He's obviously a very talented man and we love the progress we've seen so far.
With the quantum leap that Russell has recently shown, it looks like he's taking his second chance and becoming a player the Nets hoped could be.
Inconsistency is part of the reason why the nets did not give him an extension before the season, but if he can balance the ups and downs, he could earn a deal this summer and maybe become a keystone for attracting other free agents on.
"He is a very talented player. In recent games he's like most young players who work hard, their skills are getting better, they're getting more consistent, "said Lakers coach Luke Walton about his former guard. "He makes the ball, his middle-class game is really hard to stop, he's tough, he can go both ways. I'm glad that this progress is still going on. "