NEW YORK – Kyrie Irving made his first seven shots, sparking a big celebration on the bench. consecutive hit with one hand after he finally missed and scored 27 points as the Brooklyn Nets beat the San Antonio Spurs 139–103 on Monday night for their 12th straight win.
Kevin Durant added 25 points and 11 assists for the Nets (25-12), who have the longest winning streak in the NBA this season, up to a league-leading game against Boston. Brooklyn has won 16 of their last 17 games.
“I don’t think we’re really focusing too much on the series, we just really want to play well for each other,” Irving said.
Irving scored 11 of 14, Duran scored 10 of 14, and neither played in the fourth quarter for the Nets, who are 23-7 under Jacques Vaughn. TJ Warren finished with 18 points and Brooklyn shot 62% from the field.
The Nets were never behind in the second game in a row in an easy start to the new year after going 12-1 in December. They are two wins short of the franchise’s longest winning streak, having won 14 in a row twice while based in New Jersey.
“It was easy,” said Ben Simmons, who had nine assists and six rebounds.
Keldon Johnson scored 22 points for the Spurs.
“They skated from the jump to the very end of the game,” Johnson said.
Irving was 6 for 6 in the first quarter, with three 3-pointers for 15 points, and the Nets shot 64% to open a 37–25 lead.
He eventually missed a 3-pointer in front of the Brooklyn bench, but a few seconds later, teammates ran over the sideline, yelling and celebrating as he ran onto the lane from a Yuta Watanabe miss and hit to give a 46-27 lead.
Irving said he found it difficult to recuperate after spraining his ankle in the 2021 playoffs. He joked that the reaction of his teammates was due to surprise at his jumping ability.
“I’m about to get tired of people downplaying my athleticism in that locker room from time to time,” he said, squeezing his fingers together.
Brooklyn led 74-47 at halftime and broke 100 points in three quarters for the second time this season, both in the last six games.
Devin Vassell scored 14 points for Spurs.
Spurs: Coach Gregg Popovich said he walked about 80 blocks across New York on Monday, eating Italian, Turkish and Lebanese food. Popovich said he can fit a lot more on this trip, with the Spurs out on Tuesday and playing the Knicks on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, not far from their team’s hotel. The Spurs then planned a team lunch after the game on Monday. … The Spurs have lost to the Nets six times in a row.
Nets: The Nets have been without Royce O’Neal and Markieff Morris due to illnesses unrelated to COVID-19. … Joe Harris scored eight points after missing four games with left knee pain. … During the game, the Nets congratulated Durant for recently finishing 15th on the NBA’s all-time scorers list. He overtook Tim Duncan, five-time Spurs champion. Football starts Kylian Mbappe and Ashraf Hakimi attended the game, and Mbappe received a standing ovation when he was shown after the third quarter.
Spurs: Wednesday in New York.
Nets: Wednesday in Chicago.
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