OKLAHOMA CITY — Nic Claxton had 20 factors, six rebounds and 5 assists within the Nets’ victory at Western Convention-leading Denver on Sunday, the primary 20/5/5 efficiency of his younger profession.

However extra auspicious than that was the baseline pull-up jumper he hit, and his excellent efficiency from the free throw line.

Claxton, who has struggled mightily on the charity stripe since being drafted by the Nets, went 4-for-4.

“Yeah and people 4 appeared actually good. Actually good. So initially commend him on that for being able to step up and make free throws,” coach Jacque Vaughn stated. “After which he’s continued to develop for us.”

Claxton is a profession 53 % shooter from the free throw line and ended January making simply 47 %.

Nic Claxton

However because the begin of February, the younger heart has been a extra respectable 66.1 % from the stripe in his final 16 video games going into Tuesday’s tilt towards the Thunder.

Contemplating groups’ willingness to make use of Hack-A-Clax ways earlier this season in shut video games, enchancment on the line may show noteworthy.

Each Mikal Bridges and Spencer Dinwiddie each acquired consideration for Japanese Convention Participant of the Week for March 6-12.

76ers heart Joel Embiid ultimately acquired the nod, with Chicago’s Zach LaVine and Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell additionally within the operating.

Bridges’ ironman streak remains to be intact.

The 26-year-old wing has performed in each common season sport in his profession, totaling 378 straight, the longest lively consecutive video games performed streak within the NBA.

Mikal Bridges
Mikal Bridges has performed in each common season sport of his profession.

He additionally hasn’t missed a playoff sport, a collegiate sport at Villanova or perhaps a highschool sport since his junior season in highschool.

Ben Simmons (left knee/again soreness) will miss his eleventh consecutive sport, and his twenty seventh of the season.

Two-way gamers David Duke Jr. and Dru Smith are each out on G-League task.

Because the calendar flipped to 2023, Joe Harris has shot 47.8 % (64-of-134) from 3-point vary, the second-best within the league because the begin of the New Yr (minimal 100 makes an attempt), trailing solely Clippers star Kawhi Leonard at 49.2 %.

Joe Harris
Joe Harris has bene red-hot in 2023.
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Harris’ red-hot 58.3 % this month is fourth-best within the league, behind solely Al Horford, Joe Ingles and Tim Hardaway Jr. amongst gamers with at the least 20 makes an attempt.

Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 factors on 5 of seven from 3-point vary and a career-high-tying 4 steals in 38 minutes at Denver.

In his final two video games, the ability ahead has averaged 13.0 factors on 7 of 12 from deep.

The Nets’ sport on March 25 in Miami has been dropped by NBA TV, as has New Orleans on the Clippers. The league-leading Bucks at West-leading Nuggets will now be televised by NBA TV.