The surging Nets will face another major test on Monday night.
Brooklyn, one of the hottest teams in the NBA, heads to Boston to square off against the Celtics in a matchup of playoff contenders that was hard to fathom prior to the start of the season.
The Nets (20-21) have won three straight and 12 of their last 15 games to climb into the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings, just 4.5 games behind the Celtics (23-15), who are in fifth place.
They are on the franchise's best 15-game stretch since its relocation from New Jersey prior to the 2012-13 season. Brooklyn also went 12-3 from Dec. 28, 2012, through Jan. 25, 2013 when they had veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett lead them to the postseason.
Yet these Nets are getting it done with rising young stars such as D'Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Russell, 22, is leading the team with 18.4 points and 6.4 assists per game while Dinwiddie, 25, is proving to be a Sixth Man of the Year candidate, averaging 17.2 points and 5.2 assists per game off the bench.
To be in this spot in January seemed unlikely just two months ago, when the Nets had lost eight straight games and Caris LeVert sustained a foot injury that is expected to keep him out a significant amount of time.
Since that eight-game skid the Nets have become a playoff contender, beating top teams in the leauge such as the Raptors, Sixers and Lakers to put themselves in their current position.
"I think we've reached -- not the apex -- but we're getting close to reaching the principles and the ideal of the type of basketball we want to play," third-year Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said following Sunday's win. "We've been at it a long time, myself almost three seasons. I sat back in my seat today because it was running by itself and they knew what to do and they were talking. That's the ideal scenario for a coach."
They draw a Celtics team that has been battling some injuries of late but could be getting healthy just in time for the Nets on Monday.
Kyrie Irving is expected to return after missing the last two games with an eye injury and power forward Marcus Morris, who was out Friday with a sore neck, could also be back.
"It seems like we'll never be fully loaded, or if we are, it's only like one or two games," Morris said following practice Sunday, per the Associated Press. "That's why we're so talented all around, because you know when guys go down, we have guys that are more than capable of coming in and stepping in and playing starter's minutes and basically being a starter. We preach that all year, and even when guys are out, we still have no doubt that the other guys are going to get it done."
-With The Associated Press