NBA: Kyrie Irving scores 42, for net ground rocket hunting

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Kerry Irving # 11 of the Brooklyn Nets throws his sweat band to fans during the second half against the Houston Rockets at the Barclays Center on April 05, 2022 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Net 118-105 won. Sarah Steer / Getty Images / AFP

Kiri Irving scored 42 points as the Brooklyn Nets led the way and picked up a crucial 118-105 win against the Houston Rockets in New York on Tuesday night.

Brooklyn (41-38) moved into ninth place alongside the Atlanta Hawks and is one game ahead of the Charlotte Hornets. The seventh-ranked Cleveland Cavaliers also lost the net in 1 1/2 games.

Irving made 13 of 54 shots (54.2 percent) after shooting 12 of 32 (37.5 percent) on Saturday at a seven-point rate in Atlanta. On Tuesday, he hit eight 3-pointers, including 3 consecutive shots that gave Brooklyn a 95-84 lead with 7:40 left after cutting Houston’s 21-point deficit to six.

Irving then converted a three-point game with 3 1/2 minutes left for a 107-95 lead. 2:44 He converted another three-point game after beating Shot Clock for the remaining time, giving Brooklyn a 111-98 lead.

Irving’s best performance since being allowed to play a home game came on a quiet night for Kevin Durant, who finished with a 18-point lead on Tuesday 4-of-13, following his 55-point performance on Saturday. He made 9 of 10 free throws for poor field-goal performance.

Bruce Brown added 15 points, Cam Thomas 13 and Andre Drummond a total of 10 points and 11 rebounds for Brooklyn, missing Seth Curry (left ankle pain), Goran Drazic (health and safety protocol) and James Johnson (non-covid illness). Was.

Kevin Porter Jr. scored a season-high 36 points as the Rockets (20-60) hung on for most of the fourth quarter before dropping their fifth in a row. Rookie Jalen Green added at least 30 points in his fifth game.

With 10:13 left in the second quarter, Green’s Dunk forged a 32-32 tie and the net fell to 17-4. They took a 49-36 lead at 6:34 left on Brown’s 3-pointer, then opened the 64-47 lead at halftime.

Porter reduced the 3-pointer deficit to 77-35 at 5:39, and the net took a 90-74 lead in the fourth when Porter hit the 3-pointer with two seconds left in the third.

Houston scored the first seven points of the fourth inning and forced Brooklyn to burn a timeout when Green hit a 3-pointer with 10:29 remaining.

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