The Brooklyn Nets played their last game without marquee player Kevin Durant. While Nets lost their previous game, Kyrie Irving and James Harden made sure, the same fate is not met by their team in their latest match-up against Indiana Pacers. Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 25 points and 8 assists, including 17 of 17 from free-throws.
While Kyrie Irving led the 32-point Nets lead by halftime. James Harden’s contribution need to emphasizes upon as well. James Harden added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who expect to get Kevin Durant back from his 3-game absence for coronavirus health and safety protocol reasons when they open a five-game trip to the West on Saturday at Golden State, his former team.
Kyrie Irving leads Brooklyn Nets past Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who dropped their season-high fourth in a row. They were coming off their worst offensive performance of the season. With season lows of 95 points and 39.8% previously against Utah. The Pacers missed 10 of their first 12 shots and had six points in the first seven minutes. Things didn’t get much better, as they went 4 for 21 (19%) in the second quarter.
Indiana Pacers got within 14 late in the third quarter, but Brooklyn got the final six points to take an 82-62 lead to the fourth. DeAndre Jordan scored a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Also, Joe Harris knocked 17 points for the Nets as well.
Brooklyn coach Steve Nash wanted the Nets to compete harder and tougher than previous games and they responded the type of defense that has been often absent thus far. After limiting the Pacers to 18 points in the first quarter, they had their best period of the season in the second when they gave up just 12.