Kyrie Irving dropped season-best 40 points, while James Harden scored his 5th triple-double after joining the Brooklyn Nets. This was surely one of the most dominating performances by the Nets with no Kevin Durant in their line-up. Harden had 29 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, his ninth straight game with a double-double. The club record is 10. Brooklyn had seven players in double figures while Sacramento had six in a matchup between two of the NBA’s three worst defenses of this season.
Talking about the Sacramento Kings, Hassan Whiteside had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings. De’Aaron Fox added 19 points and eight assists. Marvin Bagley III had 19 points and seven rebounds after missing two games because of a sore left calf. Kings scored 22 points in the paint during the first quarter.
Kyrie Irving drops 40 whereas James Harden knocks triple-double in Nets latest victory against Kings
Brooklyn Nets scored 74 points in the first half, led by as many as 28 and shot 58% overall. The Nets were again without Durant, who sustained a mild left hamstring strain previously against the Warriors after returning from a week-long quarantine due to COVID-19 issues. Durant watched from the end of the bench. Durant is expected to miss the Nets’ next game as well against the Suns.
Before their biggest showdown of the season against the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers, the Nets would want to gather as much confidence as possible. Irving went 15 of 22 and made nine of the Nets’ franchise-record 27 3-pointers, including consecutive shots from beyond the arc to start the game and three more as part of a 23-4 run in the third quarter.