Brooklyn Nets center Nic Claxton has had quite a career year this season. It's clear that Claxton has improved on every aspect of his game (except for free-throws) and that improvement has allowed him to be a bigger part of the Nets' success on both ends of the court.
In Wednesday's 137-133 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Claxton had another great performance and arguably out-played 76ers center Joel Embiid. Claxton had 25 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks while matching up against Embiid most of the night and holding his own. There was a point in the game where Claxton and Embiid got into it, but Claxton did not back down from Embiid and if anything, baited Embiid into playing out of character.
Embiid had 26 points, but it came on 6-of-18 shooting from the field and 1-of-5 from three-point range while being guarded by Claxton for most of the night. Claxton only missed one shot and made some impressive moves to score his buckets, including a nice euro-step around James Harden. Claxton spoke postgame about what has led to his recent success:
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