The struggling and battling nets of Kyrie Irving want the positives in the worst possible way. What they got was a great show from Kevin Durant.
The former MVP looked like one raised the Nets back from a massive deficit to a 122-116 win over the Nuggets on Tuesday night at Barclays Center.
The Nets ended up with 18 points in the third quarter before converging to take the lead. Following back again 113-111 at the end of the fourth quarter, they dropped 10 unanswered points to beat the nuggets.
“It is absolutely necessary, especially after the bad defeat in the last game.” You’ve seen men take pride and they want to come out and compete. And everyone came too “
Durant had a high score in the game, 34 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. His fourteen points came during the third 32-7 quarter, which turned an 18-point hole into a seven-point lead. He and Bruce Brown, the defender, led the rally down.
Brown finished with 16 points and six boards, while Karis Levert added 20 points, six assists and five boards from the bench.
“The guy was different,” Brown said of Durant. “I thought I stole the rebound and he didn’t get a triple-double, I didn’t even know. I will let him get it. But that man is different
“He’s just a walking tank. … I’ve never seen a player like this before. “
The Nets, who hit a record 6-6, played Knicks at the Garden on Wednesday.
“It was a great win. We need it, I think for our souls. A lot of things are thrown at us, many new things, ”said coach Steve Nash, who challenged his team at halftime.“ We asked them to compete in the second half to level up, to demanding and competing. Win a little battle, that’s what they did and they won. ”
Denver’s Nikola Jokic (23 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds) and Jamal Murray (20 points) keep the net fit fast.
A pair of Murray’s baskets gave the Nuggets an 18 double lead during the first third at 74-56 and then again at 76-58 with 10:32 a.m. left.
That’s when the Nets strapped for eight minutes, 32-7 running to rule the game again. A team that couldn’t buy a stop in the first half forced the Nuggets to shoot just 3 out of 12 with four turnovers during that period.
That resulted in a quick break, and Durant had 14 points in the eruption with four assists – the last one fed Taurean Prince for a finger roll, which put 90-83 to 2:36 thirds.
The Nuggets returned to the forehand 111-109 before the Nets tied for 111 on offensive rebounds and Brown’s strong drive.
Jokic led Denver back to 113-111, before the Nets used 10-0 to seal the Browns bouncing a knot and – after Will Barton’s abusive foul – added a base float for the 115- lead. 113 on one end and a protective board on the other.
Durant’s jumper made it 117-113 with a 1:14 time to play and the Nets forced a miss from Murray, Durant’s 3 dagger kept it cool.
“I felt like I was in a good moment and fell into a shot,” said Durant, who passes Adrian Dantley, Elgin Baylor and Dwyn Wade on the show. The NBA All-Time Score says, “I mean, I feel good, man.”