Kyrie Irving produced a superb 39 point, 5 rebounds, 2 block performance to be the impetus behind Brooklyn Nets closely fought 124-120 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
In what was a high-quality game that ebbed back and forth throughout the four quarters, it was Irving’s 39 points, allied to 28 for Kevin Durant and 23 from the returning James Harden that played a key role in the Nets win.
Kyrie Irving put on a show vs. the Clippers:
6-8 3-Pt FG
What a game 🍿 pic.twitter.com/hm2t9yNr9p
— ESPN (@espn) February 3, 2021
Kawhi Leonard hit 33 in return for the Clippers, who drop to 16-6 on the season and also down one place to second in the Western Conference. Their place at the top of the conference taken by the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz beat the Pistons 117-105 to climb above the Clippers.
In contrast to that, the Nets move up to second in the Eastern Conference, one win behind the 76ers, but having played four games more than the Philadelphia team.
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Irving Performance Amazes Even Clippers Fans
While Harden and Durant played supporting roles, it was the play of Irving which drew most acclaim from those watching on between two of the top teams in the NBA.
He hit 15/23 field goals and six out of eight three pointers in the win but it was his play in general throughout the game both on defense and in working openings for others, that also caught the eye.
So much so, one Clippers fan felt moved to tweet.
As a Clippers fan, watching Kyrie Irving is infuriating. As a basketball fan, it’s mesmerizing.
What an amazing player.
— Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) February 3, 2021
While Kyrie was undoubtedly the star of the show, the fact that the Nets triumvirate of Irving, Durant and Harden combined for 90 points in the game will enthuse their fans as they head into the midway point of the regular season.
Other NBA Results And Stories
There were five other games in the NBA yesterday and there were some notable wins for teams chasing the playoffs.
As we have already mentioned, the Utah Jazz moved to the top of the Western Conference in beating the Detroit Pistons 117-105. Also improving their situation, this time in the Eastern Conference were the Boston Celtics, who edged out the Golden State Warriors 111-107.
Steph Curry’s 38 points took him over 17,000 points in his career, but was not enough to stop the Warriors dropping to 11-10 on the season, with the Celtics now 11-8.
The Indiana Pacers’ good form continued with a 134-116 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Damian Lillard inspired the Portland Trail Blazers to a 132-121 win over Washington Wizards netting 32 points and 8 assists.
Performance of the night though goes to Fred VanVleet who scored the highest number of points ever by an undrafted player in the history of the NBA for the Toronto Raptors. He netted 54 points, 2 assists and 3 rebounds in their 123-108 win over the Orlando Magic.
Tonight’s Big NBA Games
Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets are not back in action until Friday night against the Toronto Raptors, but there are a number of big games taking place tonight in the NBA.
This includes a big Eastern Conference clash between third placed Milwaukee Bucks (12-8) and fifth placed Indiana Pacers (12-9). Leaders, the Philadelphia 76ers (15-6) are also in action against Charlotte Hornets (10-11).
The L.A Clippers (16-6) get a chance to exorcise last night’s loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-11), while other key games include the Sacramento Kings (9-11) against the Boston Celtics (11-8) and the Chicago Bulls (8-11) taking on the New York Knicks (9-13).
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