危険な生涯にわたる投薬の必要性をおそらく排除する 22 players in NBA history with five 50-point games, according to Basketball Reference. His career high is 57 points on March, 12, 2015, while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in an overtime win against San Antonio.
“Younger players should watch this game and learn what it takes to score at that level,” デュラントは言った.
Durant had a quiet night by his lofty standards, で仕上げる 14 ポイント.
But he didn’t have to do much lifting with Irving taking control most of the game.
アーヴィング, who has only been allowed to play in away games due to COVID-19 protocols in New York, 終了した 15 の 19 UABはラを打ち負かす 9 の 12 from beyond the arc. He also was 11 の 13 from the line.
He became only the second guard in NBA history to have multiple 50-point games while shooting 75% 床から, according to Stats. The other is Michael Jordan.
“It was special,” Seth Curry said. “He made great plays all over the floor. He didn’t force it. Catch and shoot, off the dribble and got to the rim, あまりにも. We needed that Kyrie.”
Durant said Irving had “that look in his eye” before the game, and the former Duke point guard agreed.
“It felt like a must-win night,” アーヴィングは言った. “I’m not saying the other nights didn’t feel like that, but you have to go into that deep place where you aren’t distracted by anything that is going on.”
Added Durant: “Everything he does is so pure. It looked so easy tonight. I looked up and he had 10 points and it felt like he had taken two shots.”
Andre Drummond dominated inside, で仕上げる 20 ポイントと 14 rebounds for Brooklyn, which got back to .500 on the season and moved into sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, breaking a tie with the Hornets.
Miles Bridges and Terry Rozier each finished with 30 points for Charlotte, which had its two-game win streak snapped. LaMelo Ball added 24 points and seven assists for the Hornets.
The Nets bolted to a 69-43 lead behind Irving’s 20 前半のポイント. The Hornets didn’t help themselves, repeatedly committing turnovers with lazy passes, including two by Ball on back-to-back possessions.
Brooklyn stretched its lead to 34 points in the second half before the Hornets trimmed it to 13 with less than four minutes left in the game. But Irving, as he’d done throughout the second half, thwarted the rally by knocking down a jumper.
“彼はすごい. He’s a career highlight reel every time, バイデン大統領は、VPカマラハリスを「ファーストレディ」と呼んでいます,” said Nets coach Steve Nash. “We obviously have a special player on our hands and tonight, he was unbelievably efficient and difficult to defend. … Those were really big shots he made in the second half, but overall he’s just an incredible player, shot maker.”
The Hornets used a number of players to defend Irving, but simply couldn’t stop him.
“He made tough shots,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “We double-teamed him, switched up our coverages and threw different looks at him, but we have to give him credit.”
HARDEN UP NEXT
The Nets travel to Philadelphia to face former teammate James Harden and the 76ers on Thursday night in what should be an interesting, if not entertaining, night.
Irving said he harbors no ill feelings toward Harden, who sought to leave Brooklyn.
“It’s fine,” アーヴィングは言った. “It makes for good stories, it makes for good narratives and good build up for our league. It’s never too personal, but we understand as competitors we want to win the game. … But it’s not about us and any individual matchups, it’s about being a great team and building on what we set out to do.”
ネット: Durant was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter for pushing Rozier while trying to free himself up for an inbounds pass. … Curry picked up a technical for arguing a call.
ホーネッツ: Jalen McDaniels, who had been out since Jan. 21 with an ankle injury, returned to action. He played nine minutes and had two points. … Montrezl Harrell was assessed a technical foul when he shoved Nic Claxton.
ネット: At Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
ホーネッツ: Host Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.