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The Nets win their third in a row to move closer to the fifth-seeded Knicks

March 7, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Michal Bridges (1) and forward Joe Harris (12) react after playing during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. Mandatory credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Bridges had his third consecutive 30-point game as the Brooklyn Nets continued their rally.

Bridges scored 30 points while Joe Harris and Seth Curry added 12 each off the bench for the Nets to lead the Houston Rockets 118-96 Tuesday night, the first time this season they’ve won three straight games by double figures.

It also marked the first time this season that Brooklyn had won three straight games by double figures.

The Nets (37-28) overcame a slow start pulling within one game of the fifth seed, currently held by crosstown rivals the New York Knicks (39-27), whose nine-game winning streak was snapped that same night.

Harris and Cam Johnson hit two of three pointers each in the second quarter as the Nets grabbed control and never looked back.

Spencer Dinwiddie had 23 points on 50 percent shooting.

The Rockets’ second-year guard, Jalen Green, was catching Nick Claxton at the end of the third quarter, but the Nets’ heart had the last laugh with a double-double (18 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks) and the win.

Harris shot 4-for-7 from the 3-point zone, while Curry went 4-of-6 overall. Nerlens Noel, who signed a 10-day contract, had a poor debut, finishing with two points and three rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench.

Cam Thomas received a DNP as coach Jack Vaughn stuck with the nine-man rotation.

The schedule gets trickier from here as they continue their five-game wild ride with back-to-back games in Milwaukee on Thursday and Minnesota on Friday, followed by a visit to Western Conference leader the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

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