Mikal Bridges went on another one of his tears on Friday night. This time around, it was Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks that fell victim to Bridges' heroics as he led the Brooklyn Nets to a crucial 124-107 win at the Barclays Center.
Bridges dropped another 40-piece on Friday, en route to setting an epic NBA record that has not been seen in nearly two decades. As reported by ESPN Stats & Info, Bridges' offensive explosion against the Hawks was his fourth 40-point game of the season for Brooklyn since his mid-season move from the Phoenix Suns. The last time we saw a player log as many 40-point outings following a mid-season trade was way back in the 2004-05 campaign. Fittingly, it was the great Vince Carter who achieved the same feat when he joined the Nets in December of that season.
Carter is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in Nets franchise history, so for Bridges to be mentioned in the same breath as the Hall of Famer speaks volumes of the great things Mikal has done in Brooklyn thus far. I mean, this is his fourth 40-point outing in just 21 games played for the Nets.
More importantly, Bridges' heroics led to another Brooklyn victory. They have now increased their lead against the Miami Heat to two games for the sixth and final guaranteed playoff spot in the East. The Nets were supposed to go on a full rebuild after parting ways with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant not too long ago, but apparently, Mikal Bridges did not get the memo.