Kevin Durant led James Harden and Kyrie Irving led- Brooklyn Nets astonishingly as the team cruised past Minnesota Timberwolves with utter ease 127-97. Kevin Durant dropped 31 points, whereas Joe Harris knocked 23 points for the Nets. The Nets were in command from the jump and ahead by 23 points before the midpoint of the second quarter. They built their lead as big as 45 points early in the fourth quarter.
With Harden, Irving and Aldridge all out, Brooklyn Nets Coach Steve Nash put Chris Chiozza and Nicolas Claxton in the starting lineup for the first time, the 17th and 18th different players to appear in the first five for the Nets in just 54 games this season. They have used 32 different combinations.
Kevin Durant dropped 31 as Brooklyn Nets beat Minnesota Timberwolves 127-97
The Brooklyn Nets would prefer not to play Kevin Durant in back-to-back games, so the postponement will force them to make a decision on his status for Wednesday against Eastern Conference co-leader Philadelphia. Pursuing the No. 1 seed for the playoffs might not be as important as keeping their star forward fresh.
“I want to play just to get back in the swing of things, more so than pinpointing that matchup. We want to get everybody healthy and acclimated to what we’re doing out there, and I think that’s just as important rather than circling the calendar,” Durant said.
Anthony Edwards had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who played without Karl-Anthony Towns on the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death from COVID-19 complications. Towns chose to sit out and spend the time with his family.