The San Antonio Spurs were on the Nets’ schedule last night. Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker. Just one win out of their last six games. Only three wins out of the first eight on their January schedule. With the Miami Heat in the building tomorrow and a five-game road trip beginning in Detroit against the Pistons Sunday, followed by Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets, 13th in the Eastern Conference standings, not only face competition but also adversity as they struggle to prevent themselves from sliding any further down the rungs to the lower conference seeds.

Despite the struggle, there are some bright spots, such as Jahlil Okafor’s 17 points (6 for 8 from the field) in just 12 minutes Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks, a 110-105 Brooklyn road win.

“I had a lot of easy buckets because of my teammates just dropping the ball off to me,” said Okafor, who was acquired in early December along with guard Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round draft pick from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward/center Trevor Booker.

Listed at 6-foot-11, Okafor, who turned 22 last month, from Fort Smith, Ark., averaged 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds while with the Sixers. He was drafted third by them in the first round in 2015 after spending one year in college with the Duke Blue Devils, winning the national championship.

Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie has stepped up and been a major contributor to Brooklyn’s scoring.

Dinwiddie tied his career high of 26 points, along with 9 assists, against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the beginning of the new year, leading Brooklyn to a 98-97 win. He then topped that five days later, knocking down 31 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors, a 114-113 overtime loss. Against the Hawks Friday, Dinwiddie was one rebound short of a triple-double, totaling 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

Dinwiddie, 24, from Los Angeles, spent three years with the University of Colorado before being drafted by the Pistons, the 38th pick in the second round in 2014. He was traded to the Chicago Bulls in June 2016 and spent time in the G-League before being added to Brooklyn’s roster six months later in December.