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Brooklyn Nets News Beat, 10/23/17: Russell, Crabbe Lead Victory (Highlights)

Today’s Brooklyn Nets News Beat features highlights from Sunday night’s 116-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks. 

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  • Atlanta Hawks 104 (1-2)
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In what was D’Angelo Russell’s best game in quite some time, he took control of his team once again and led them to victory.

With two minutes left in the fourth, the Nets point guard followed a screen and nailed a dagger three-pointer.

What did he do next?

Russell executed his most notable celebration, pointing to veins on his left arm, and proclaiming “I have ice in my veins.”

Even better than a late-game three-pointer? Russell shut down the Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder with some defensive flair. Schroder shot 5-22 from the field and left the game with a twisted ankle in the fourth.

Russell told Nets Daily it was his size that helped him contain Schroder.

“I just tried to use my length and make it as tough as I can for him.”

Three games into the year, Russell has proved he’s capable of being a leader. Forget what Magic Johnson thinks, we’ve got a very small sample size that says way different.

Russell finished the game with 16 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds on the night. It’s only the third double-double of his career.

Newcomer Allen Crabbe entered the game from the Nets’ bench tonight, after starting in the previous win over Orlando.

It paid off, as the guard poured in 20 points and grabbed five rebounds in 25+ minutes of play. Crabbe shot 4-7 from three, displaying his offensive prowess along the perimeter.

Other offensive standouts include forward DeMarre Carroll, who was facing his former team in the Atlanta Hawks. He scored 17 on the night, including 6 from beyond the arc.

Rookie Jarrett Allen took advantage of his 15-minute exposure, tallying 4 points, rebounds, and blocks on the night.

As the rookie continues to produce so highly in limited minutes, expect his role to grow.

Another highlight from tonight, shooting guard Caris LeVert finally found some stride. He scored 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

He’d struggled with his shot in the previous games, but shot an efficient 5-9 from the field against Atlanta.

As a whole, the Brooklyn Nets put on the clamps defensively. They held the Hawks to 34 percent shooting from the field, the lowest opponent percentage since Atkinson was hired as coach.

Again, not enough can be said about Russell, who was a leader in every way for Brooklyn. He was limited offensively in the beginning, but just used the situation as an opportunity to find other guys some good looks.

Full Russell highlights:

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Orlando for a rematch with the Magic on Tuesday.

Opening tip is at 7:00 p.m. ET

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