Irving erupts for career-high 60 points to lead Nets’ rout

 MARCH 16, 2022

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Irving scores career-best 60 points, Nets rout Magic 150-108

Orlando, Florida (AP) Kyrie Irving has two straight 60 points in the NBA. The first half with 41 points was not seen for almost two decades.  

On Tuesday night, Irving scored 60 points in Nets NBA history, leading Brooklyn to a 150-108 victory over the Orlando Magic. Irving scored 20 out of 31, including 8 of 12 by 3 points in 35 minutes. He made 12 of 13 free throws, equaling the highest-scoring game in the NBA this season. The night before, Carl-Anthony Towns of Minnesota scored against San Antonio.  

Irving and Durant became the first teammates in NBA history to score 50 points in consecutive games. Durant scored 53 points in Sunday’s win over the New York Knicks. Irving scored 41 points in the first half, his highest in the first two quarters since Kobe Bryant scored 42 against Washington on March 28, 2003.    

After hitting a long three with 8:33 remaining, the quarterback left the game, with Brooklyn leading 128–94.    

Irving, who played only his 19th game of the season as he was ineligible to play at home due to New York City’s mandate for a COVID-19 vaccine, scored 50 with a glass ball with 5:02 left. The third quarter. Stern, doubles and triples are coming,” he said. He scored Irving’s sixth career 50-point game and his 16th 50-point game in the league this season, with Irving, Durant, Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James of “Boston” and Jayson Tatum of “Boston” each scoring two goals. He broke Deron Williams’ Nets record with 57 points. Irving had four 40-point games for the Nets, And Durant has two.    

Irving scored 50 points in last Tuesday’s 132-121 win over Charlotte. His previous career-high was 57 points for Cleveland on March 3, 2015, in San Antonio. In 6 of 3 games, the Nets led 86-56 after Irving scored 41 points in the first half.   

It’s a fast transition, so you can’t speed it up and try to deny it. He’s smart enough, has seen every cover, and can play with the rhythm.   

Durant scored 19 points in the Nets’ fourth straight win. Cole Anthony had 19 points and seven assists for Orlando. Goals: Brooklyn scored 16 of 27 from 3 points, and Patty Mills scored 5 of 7.    

G Cam Thomas (bruised back) did not play, and G Seth Curry (left ankle) missed the second game in a row. Manager Steve Nash said both players could be available Wednesday night against Dallas. The Nets have won three out of four games against the Magic this season. Neither Duran nor Irving played in defeat.   

Magic: G Jalen Suggs has not played for the third time in five games after injuring his right ankle again on Sunday night. The Magic have announced that F Jonathan Isaac will not be playing this season, marking the second consecutive season that Isaac has lost since he tore his left cruciate ligament on August 2, 2020.    

Networks: Play at home Wednesday night against Dallas. Magic: Play at home Thursday night against Detroit. 

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