Just three weeks ago, the Brooklyn Nets owned a .500 record and fired their coach. Now, they're in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and possess the NBA's longest active winning streak.
The Atlanta Hawks, meanwhile, were 10 games over the break-even mark on New Year's Day but have earned just one win since.
In the opener of a home-and-home series, the Nets go for an eighth consecutive victory Wednesday night against the struggling Hawks as Brooklyn's Joe Johnson faces his former team for the first time.
The Nets (23-15), who are in the midst of their longest winning streak since a 14-game run late in the 2005-06 season, are 9-1 since P.J. Carlesimo took over after Avery Johnson was fired on Dec. 27, with the team 14-14. Brooklyn is averaging 102.9 points under Carlesimo after averaging 94.5 in its first 28 games.
Tuesday's 113-106 win over Toronto marked the sixth time the Nets topped the century mark under Carlesimo, something they did seven times with Johnson at the helm....