After narrowly avoiding a place in the NBA All-Star, D'Angelo Russell was out to prove a point but couldn't get the Nets over the line against the San Antonio Spurs.
The guard still remains a big chance of earning a spot in the All-Star Game as Victor Oladipo's replacement and his recent run of form holds him in good stead.
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Russell led the way for the Nets as he ended with 25 points, five rebounds and nine assists in the narrow road loss.
Derrick White top scored for the Spurs with 26 as LaMarcus Aldridge (named to the 2019 All-Star Game) dropped 20 points and 13 rebounds.
But it was all eyes on Russell who continues to produce at an impressive level in only his second season in Brooklyn.
The Nets have won seven of their past nine contests and Russell's play has played a major role in their resurgence in the Eastern Conference.
👉 @Dloading now has the most points in a month (344+) of any Net in the Brooklyn era pic.twitter.com/nYj5vgkir6- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) February 1, 2019
San Antonio are once again proving they're a force to be reckoned with in the West as the win pushes them to 32-22 on the season and just outisde of the top four in the conference.
Brooklyn have a chance to get back into the win column when they travel to Orlando for a meeting against the Magic on Saturday.
The Spurs will look to add to their four-game winning streak when they take on the Kings in Sacramento on Monday.