Brooklyn Nets' Nic Claxton Continues Hot Streak, Sets Career High Against Detroit Pistons

The Brooklyn Nets may have an emerging star on their roster. Center Nic Claxton had another promising game in a 130-122 loss to the Detroit Pistons, compiling a career-high 27 points on a deadly 11 of 13 shooting.

Claxton also added 13 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist. It was his fifth 20+ point game in a row. More importantly, it was his third straight game in which he set a new personal best in points scored. Over his last five games, Claxton is averaging 23.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game at an astonishing .814 field goal percentage.

Claxton has been an efficient and valuable center all season: he leads the league in true shooting percentage (.712) and block percentage (8.0). However, his low-scoring volume and defensive focus have kept him relegated to role-player status. If his current hot streak turns out to be anything but a fluke, he could provide an overwhelming inside presence to complement the electric shooting of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. The Nets are 29-19 and fourth in the Eastern Conference despite Durant missing the last eight games. If Durant's return doesn't diminish Claxton's effectiveness, the Nets could emerge as a serious contender for the title.

The Nets host the New York Knicks on Saturday night. 

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