Tuesday night was a cause to celebrate. The Brooklyn Nets defeated the new-look Los Angeles Lakers, now fronted by LeBron James, 115-110 here in Brooklyn. A small victory, yes, but they’re deserving of the attention, some acknowledgement.
Tuesday’s victory was their sixth win in a row after losing nine of 10 games, eight consecutive. They lost games in a variety of ways—by blow-outs, by two and at the buzzer, by blowing sizable leads and in overtime. Brooklyn lost those eight and 10 others to teams with better records and to teams with worse records, at home and away.
“Man, it’s amazing to just see all of the hard work that we put in,” said Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who dropped 17 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. “All of the time, all of the resiliency that we have. It’s amazing to be able to say we finally put together some wins.”
Brooklyn has put together wins against the Toronto Raptors, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks.
Against Los Angeles, Brooklyn won three of the four quarters, the first second and third, losing the fourth by only 2 points, holding off James’ and Kyle Kuzma’s double-doubles (32 points, 13 rebounds and 22 points, 11 rebounds, respectively), with 23 points from Lonzo Ball.
Brooklyn made several key highlight plays to assist in Tuesday’s win, including a block on a James dunk by Jarrett Allen at the start of the game and a 25-foot D’Angelo Russell three-pointer from the corner with 22.4 seconds left on the game clock. Russell lead the team in scoring two consecutive nights, contributing 22 points and 13assists against L.A. and 32 points Sunday versus the Atlanta Hawks, also a home game.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Russell. “Definitely not satisfied. Streaks end eventually, but we want to keep it going.”
Brooklyn hosts the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night (Friday) and the Phoenix Suns Sunday. The Charlotte Hornets visit Wednesday for Christmas and Kwanzaa.