The Brooklyn Nets, on a month-long hot streak, are now talking about being in playoff contention in a crowded Eastern Conference field.
The Nets should be able to rebound from a rare hiccup when they host the Atlanta Hawks (12-28) on Wednesday.
The Nets return home with 12 wins in their last 16 games since blowing a 23-point lead and losing to Oklahoma City on a Paul George buzzer-beater on Dec. 5. At that time, the Nets were 8-18 and on an eight-game losing streak that featured six single-digit losses and 10 losses in 12 games after losing Caris LeVert to a foot injury.
Since then, they have climbed within striking distance of .500. A win on Wednesday would give Brooklyn (20-22) its best 17-game stretch since also going 13-4 from March 9 to April 8, 2014, when a veteran team rebounded from an awful start and won 44 games.
"We want to go higher, higher, higher," Nets rookie forward Rodions Kurucs said.
"As high as possible. The vibe here in the locker room between the guys is just great. We're hyped up. We want to win and we want to go the playoffs."
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