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Nets bury Nuggets with 19 3-pointers

Reuters

The Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, right, dribbles against the Nuggets’ Malik Beasley in the second half on Wednesday.

The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Kenny Atkinson insisted before the game that his Nets didn’t need more shooting, even though lately they were only good at missing.

The Denver Nuggets sure wouldn’t argue with him.

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.

“We broke out of our shooting slump. I think that was evident,” Atkinson said. “We really shot the heck out of the ball.”

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.

“Obviously any time you have a game like we did the last outing where we struggled to shoot the ball, it feels good once you start seeing them go in,” Harris said.

“And then shooting is contagious, so once one guy gets it rolling, it seemed like everybody else was able to find a rhythm and get some good confidence.”

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.

“This game is a game of mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes, you’re going to make shots, things are going to happen,” he said. “But when you’re out there going through the motions, that is one thing I can’t stand to watch and will not stand to watch.”

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.Speech

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