Nets Keep Pouring On Points, Beating Hawks for Fifth Straight Win

D’Angelo Russell scored 32 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 to lead the host Nets past the Atlanta Hawks, 144-127, on Sunday for their fifth consecutive victory.

Joe Harris had 16 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 15 off the bench for the Nets, who last won five in a row from March 25 to April 2 in 2015.

With the win, the Nets continued a series of scoring milestones.

■They had their highest scoring game ever at Barclays Center, topping the 131 they scored against Philadelphia on March 15, 2016.

■The Nets have had at least 70 points in the first half of its last two games, a feat it had not accomplished since the 1983-84 season. The Nets scored 70 points through two quarters against Washington on Friday and had 72 at the half against Atlanta.

■They have scored at least 100 points through the first three quarters in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.

“I think just our commitment for wanting to see each other do better,” said Russell, who finished with seven assists and no turnovers, becoming the first Net with that line since Vince Carter on March 19, 2008 against the Hawks.

Russell added that “everybody is aggressive at the appropriate time but still wanting to make that extra pass for the next guy, still having your teammates’ back on the defensive end, that rotation.”

Atlanta cut its 21-point deficit to 66-64 when Kent Bazemore capped a 6-0 run with two free throws late in the first half. But the Nets, who finished with a season-high 12 steals, pulled away in the third quarter with an 11-5 run to make it 108-82.

John Collins scored 29 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost three straight and seven of their last eight.

It was a bittersweet return for the former Nets guard Jeremy Lin, who said that he wished things had ended differently. Lin said he was surprised and upset with the trade that sent him to Atlanta on July 12 after two years and just 37 games in Brooklyn because of injuries.

“Honestly, coming in the building, just thankful,” said Lin, who was averaging 10.8 points and 41 percent shooting from the 3-point line in 25 games. He had six points in 13 minutes on Sunday.

“As sad as it is when I think of Brooklyn, obviously, I just think of a lot of injuries and things like that. It’s quite a contrast to being healthy, being able to participate in a game.”

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