Nets get first road win of season 98-92 over Suns
The Nets defeated the Suns 98-92 to pick up their first road win of the season Monday night in Phoenix.
D'Angelo Russell led Brooklyn with 23 points and eight assists. Joe Harris scored 18 points off the bench on 3-7 shooting from three to supplement Russell.
Allen Crabbe looks to be finding his rhythm coming off a 25 point performance in Los Angeles. Crabbe scored 15 points on 3-4 shooting from three in the victory.
T.J. Warren led the Suns with 20 points and Devin Booker followed with 18.
Brooklyn's defensive effort was the key to victory on a night where the shots were not falling. The Nets held the Suns to 34.9% (30-86) shooting from the field and 24% (6-25) shooting from three.
Monday night's win marks the first time Brooklyn held an opponent under 100 points all season. Kenny Atkinson's squad was allowing a whopping 119.3 points per game heading into the contest.
Joe Harris provided an early spark as the Nets went on a late first quarter run and extended their lead to 15 early in the second. Harris drained a pair of early three pointers and found easy layups off of savvy cuts to the basket.
However, the Suns were able to mount a run of their own and get right back into the game as has been the theme all season.
D'Angelo Russell took over for Brooklyn late in the game. The first year Net was calm, cool and collected while handling the ball in the fourth quarter. Russell scored 13 of his 23 points in the closing period.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson left the game with a hip contusion at halftime. The Nets will likely have to fare without Hollis-Jefferson as they head to Denver to face off with the Nuggets tomorrow night.