NEW YORK — — Kyrie Irving was enjoying once more. Ben Simmons was enjoying like an All-Star once more.
The Brooklyn Nets, who not often get to get pleasure from normalcy for too lengthy, may savor a Sunday night time when issues really appeared like they drew them up.
“It is all the time good to only concentrate on the sport,” Kevin Durant mentioned.
Irving returned from his suspension with 14 factors, Simmons tuned up for his journey again to Philadelphia with a season-high 22 and the Nets beat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 127-115 on Sunday night time.
Durant scored 26 factors, giving him no less than 25 in all 17 video games this season. That is the longest streak to begin a season since Rick Barry did it in 25 straight in 1966-67.
However it was the shock scoring of others who sparked the Nets on this one. Simmons had his first 20-point sport since for taking part in for the 76ers within the 2021 playoffs, and Yuta Watanabe had 16.
The Nets introduced Irving can be out there to play Sunday morning, after he apologized to anybody who felt threatened or harm when he posted a hyperlink to a documentary with antisemitic materials on his Twitter web page. They suspended him days later after he had refused to apologize or make clear his beliefs about him, and he missed eight video games.
Irving received a great ovation after resuming his spot because the final participant introduced throughout beginning lineups, then made a 3-pointer on his first shot try. He missed his different 4 photographs in 13 first half minutes.
“Felt good, felt good,” Irving mentioned. “Simply missed my teammates, missed the teaching employees.”
Dillon Brooks scored 31 factors for the Grizzlies, who have been with out All-Star Ja Morant, Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. However they trailed by solely three after three quarters earlier than Brooklyn opened the fourth with an 18-5 spurt, that includes 4 3- pointers from Watanabe, to interrupt it open at 114-98.
“It was, I believed, a heck of a primary three quarters,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins mentioned. “Three-point sport, simply did not make sufficient performs within the fourth quarter. They received sizzling.”
Simmons returned to the beginning lineup with heart Nic Claxton out for private causes. Coming off his finest sport of the season Thursday in Portland, he was even higher on this one, capturing 11 for 13 with eight assists and 5 rebounds.
Coming off again surgical procedure that stored him from enjoying final season, Simmons did not actually have a double-figure scoring sport till his tenth sport this season.
“I do know what I can do. I do know what I am able to. I am not stunned,” Simmons mentioned.
The No. 1 decide within the 2016 draft is ready to face the 76ers on Tuesday for the primary time since they granted his commerce request final February.
Brooks had 17 factors at halftime as Memphis led 62-57, however Durant scored 14 factors within the third and Simmons made all 4 photographs for eight extra as Brooklyn tied a season finest with 39 factors, taking a 96-93 edge to the fourth.
Morant and Bane each scored 38 factors when the Grizzlies beat the Nets on Oct. 24. However Morant has a sprained left ankle and Bane a sprained proper huge toe.
Jaren Jackson Jr. additionally sat to relaxation after enjoying in two video games following a 14-game absence to start the season whereas recovering from proper foot surgical procedure.
Grizzlies: Memphis had its seven-game successful streak towards the Nets snapped. … Steven Adams had 15 factors and 10 rebounds, however shot 1 for 8 on the free throw line.
Nets: Watanabe has reached double figures in 4 straight video games for the primary time in his profession. … Brooklyn was enjoying considered one of solely two house video games in a 12-game stretch. The Nets returned from a four-game West Coast journey for this sport, then go proper again on the highway for 3 in a row beginning Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Grizzlies: Host Sacramento on Tuesday.
Nets: At Philadelphia on Tuesday.
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