Russell Leads Nets Over Denver To End Three-Game Skid

russell brooklyn nets D’Angelo Russell had 27 points and 11 assists, and Brooklyn surpassed last season’s win total with a 135-130 victory over Denver on Wednesday night.

Russell made six of the Nets’ 19 3-pointers, one game after they made only five as a team in their poorest shooting performance of the season.

DeMarre Carroll added 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Brooklyn (29-27), which got two key injured players back and snapped a three-game skid. Joe Harris scored 17 points and Treveon Graham had 16, with four 3-pointers.

Nikola Jokic had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in his 10th triple-double of the season for the Nuggets, who have lost two straight games to fall out of a tie for the Western Conference lead.

Mason Plumlee scored a season-high 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting against his former team, and Jamal Murray had 19 points and 11 assists after missing six games with a sprained left ankle.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone yanked his starters in the third quarter when the Nets blew open the game.

Brooklyn had failed to score 100 in its previous two games and had season lows of 32 percent shooting overall and 11.9 percent (5 for 42) from 3-point range in a 113-94 loss to Milwaukee on Monday.

The Nets made 13 of their first 18 attempts from behind the arc against the Nuggets. Harris, who missed the last game with a sore right hip, hit three 3s, and Allen Crabbe came off the bench to hit his first 3-point attempt after missing 26 games with a sore right knee.

Looking to bounce back from a 129-103 loss at Detroit on Monday, Denver scored the first eight points and raced to a 16-5 lead. But it was down to five by the end of the first quarter, and it was clear by then it was going to have trouble stopping the Nets.

Brooklyn was 7 of 9 from behind the arc in a 42-point second quarter and then opened the third with a 12-4 run to push the lead to 84-64.

Malone will coach Team LeBron in the All-Star Game on February 17.

The Nuggets next visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, while the Nets host the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

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