The Brooklyn Nets headed to Indiana to face the Pacers last night who were missing many of their players due to Covid protocol. We got the chance to finally see the big three with James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the floor for the first time this season. Kyrie missed the beginning of the season due to a vaccine mandate in New York. But, with recent Covid cases in the NBA the Nets allowed Kyrie to be back on the team as a part time player to only play road games. The first half of the game started off slow for the Nets adjusting to Kyrie. Additionally, there was a red hot start from long time Pacers player Lance Stephenson. Stephenson dropped 20 points in the first quarter for the team! That gave the Pacers a huge boost and put the Nets in a 19 point deficit early.
Getting their Groove Back
The second half the team started to pick up the pace on the offensive end and got their groove back with the scoring of Kyrie Irving. It took him time but with steals and coast to coast scoring we finally saw the ball handling and magician-like finish that we are accustomed to. And what a joy it was to watch! Kyrie ended the game with 22 points. Kevin Durant helped with the comeback to give the Nets a lead in the fourth quarter. They never looked back with Durant leading all scorers with 39 points and James Harden helping with 18 points. Together the Nets overcame the deficit to win the ball game 129-121. You could see the joyous body language and excitement it gave the Nets to finally have this elite talent back on the floor and to help end their three game losing streak.
The Nets put the NBA on notice that they should be the favorites to come out the East with having the three greatest scorers this game has ever seen on the court together. The Brooklyn Nets will look to continue this as they face off against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Friday at Barclay Center. They will be without Kyrie Irving until they head out to Portland to go up against the TrailBlazers on Monday.
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