Nets’ Kyrie Irving hits game winner to continue Brooklyn’s hot streak: Are the Nets contenders?


Kyrie Irving drained a game-winning stepback 3-pointer as time expired to cap the Brooklyn Nets’ 18-point comeback against the Toronto Raptors. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Irving hit his game-winner over Fred VanVleet on an out of bounds play to finish the night with 32 points.
  • The Nets have now won nine of their last 10 games.
  • Brooklyn started the year 5-6 and now sit just four games back from the East-leading Boston.

The Athletic’s instant analysis:

A certified winning streak

Internally the Nets have said all year it wasn’t a winning streak until they hit five games. Now they have. They sweep the Raptors for the first time since going to the Finals in 2002-03. Kyrie hits arguably his biggest shot as a Net and this team faces lottery-bound Detroit on Sunday. It should be six. — Schiffer

Are the Nets contenders?

As good as the Nets’ win streak looks it’s still hard to call them contenders. They face the Bucks and Cavaliers next week. Those will be better tests for how they stack up in the conference and beyond. Win those and this team looks…dare I say it-scary? Until then the Nets are a solid playoff team but not beyond that. — Schiffer

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