Brooklyn Nets: Player grades from a 4th straight win in Phoenix

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SF. Brooklyn Nets. JOE HARRIS. B. 28 MIN, 11 PTS, 5-for-11 (1-for-6), 1 AST, 2 PF, 1 BLK, +23

Joe Harris finally had another bad night from 3-point range. After going 1-for-7 against the Detroit Pistons on opening night, Harris has basically been a 6-foot-6 fire emoji since, going 29-for-43 while vaulting to the NBA lead in 3-point percentage.

On Tuesday, he was just 1-for-6 from long range, but played a solid offensive game anyway with his work going to the basket. He was 4-for-5 inside the arc and took rookie center Deandre Ayton of the Suns to school with some nifty footwork and a twisting corkscrew layup.

He was shut out on the glass and had only one assist, but he was setting some rugged screens and moving the ball within the offense very nicely.

27 MIN, 15 PTS, 6-for-15 (1-for-6), 6 REB (1 ORB), 3 AST, 3 PF, 2 STL, +7. PG. Brooklyn Nets. D'ANGELO RUSSELL. A-

An A grade after a 6-for-15 night? For D’Angelo Russell on Tuesday, that’s an absolute “yes.”

His shooting night was actually worse than that — he was 3-for-12 before getting three baskets in the final 92 seconds when the Phoenix defenders had basically lost interest.

But for the second straight game, Russell was a plus defender, with a couple of nice steals and strong effort all night.

And offensively, it was a milestone night for Russell — the first time since coming to the Nets in June 2017 that he played a turnover-free game. He was in complete control of the offense, even if he did hold it a bit too long at times, and played smart with the ball.

Good defense and no turnovers? D’Angelo Russell? Really? Yes, really, and it was a pleasant sight to see.