D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie are first Nets teammates with 30+ points in one game since 2015
The Brooklyn Nets came very close to securing a home victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. The Nets were led by the heroics of D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie — both of whom eclipsed the 30-point mark — who combined made a bit of history on the evening.
As pointed out by a Redditor that goes by the username u/killedBySasquatch, this was the first time in three years when two Nets players scored more than 30 points apiece in a game. The last time this happened was in April 2015 when Deron Williams and Brook Lopez accomplished the same feat.
This is actually a very impressive accomplishment for Russell and Dinwiddie, who dropped 38 and 31 points, respectively.
Russell, who is currently in his second year with the Nets, was red hot on the evening, making 16-of-28 from the field, including 2-of-6 from beyond the arc. His game-high 38 points went along with eight rebounds, eight assists, one block, and just one turnover in 34 minutes of action.
For his part, Dinwiddie came off the Brooklyn bench to score 31 points (11-of-15 FG, 4-of-5 3PT) to go along with three rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes played.
Amazingly, the Sixers were also led by two 30-point performances courtesy of newcomer Jimmy Butler (34) and Joel Embiid (32). It was Butler’s clutch trey in the waning moments that led to the 127-125 victory for the visiting Sixers.
The Nets are now 8-13 for the season, but are currently in ninth place in the East, with early hopes of making it through the postseason.