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Nets vs. Raptors – NBA Sport Recap – November 23, 2022

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TORONTO — — Kyrie Irving scored 19 of his 29 factors within the third quarter, Nic Claxton had 14 factors and 12 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 112-98 on Wednesday night time.

Toronto held Kevin Durant to 12 factors however nonetheless misplaced to the Nets for the fifth time in seven conferences after successful 21 of the earlier 25.

Durant scored his 26,074th profession level within the third quarter, passing Kevin Garnett (26,071) for 18th place on the NBA’s all-time record.

Royce O’Neale made a career-high 5 3-pointers and scored 15 factors, and Ben Simmons had 14 for the Nets, who bounced again after shedding Tuesday at depleted Philadelphia, which was lacking Joel Embiid and James Harden.

“We’re within the enterprise of successful,” Irving mentioned. “We’ll take this one, particularly after final night time’s loss, and the entire web going up in an uproar by way of how embarrassed we must be, which is true. We simply wished to verify we paid consideration to element tonight. We got here out and responded.”

Brooklyn has received three of 4, together with two of three since Irving returned from a suspension for tweeting a hyperlink to an antisemitic movie.

The Nets shot 17 for 38 from 3-point vary, a season excessive for made 3-pointers. The Raptors completed 7 for 29 from distance, matching their fewest made 3-pointers of the season.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 factors and Chris Boucher had 12 factors and a season-high 16 rebounds for the Raptors. OG Anunoby scored 15 factors and Thad Younger had 12.

Toronto had 10 wholesome gamers, with regulars Scottie Barnes (left knee) and Fred VanVleet (non-COVID sickness) becoming a member of All-Star Pascal Siakam (strained proper adductor) on the sidelines.

“We really feel like we may have performed higher,” Anunoby mentioned. “We do not make the accidents an excuse.”

Irving scored 26 factors within the second half, the highest-scoring half by a Nets participant this season. He tried simply three photographs within the first half, making one.

“It would not take an excessive amount of,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn mentioned of Irving. “He is gifted, proficient, and may rating on any courtroom. He bought a pair to go his approach and as soon as that occurs, off you go.”

With the Nets forward 52-51 at halftime, Irving related on his first seven field-goal makes an attempt within the third.

“That is what we wish him to do,” Simmons mentioned. “Simply be himself, have that confidence to return out and take these photographs and be who he’s. He is an unbelievable participant, unbelievable teammate.”

Brooklyn took a 91-76 lead into fourth.

Irving had two higher-scoring halves final season. He scored 41 within the first half at Orlando on March 15, ending with 60 factors. That got here one week after Irving scored 30 within the second half at Charlotte, ending with 50 in opposition to the Hornets.

TIP-INS

Nets: Brooklyn recorded an help on 12 of its 15 area targets within the first quarter. The Nets completed with 32 assists, one shy of their season excessive. … G Seth Curry (left ankle) missed his second straight recreation. … F Yuta Watanabe (proper hamstring) was not obtainable.

Raptors: Toronto was additionally with out F Otto Porter Jr. (dislocated toe, left foot), G Dalano Banton (left ankle), F Treasured Achiuwa (proper ankle), F Justin Champagnie (again) and GF Ron Harper Jr. (G- League). … Siakam missed his ninth recreation however may return subsequent week. … VanVleet additionally missed video games due to a non-COVID sickness on Nov. 12 and 14. … Juancho Hernangomzez had 10 factors and 10 rebounds. … Toronto’s 52 rebounds matched a season excessive.

CUDDLY COAT

Rapper Drake arrived at his courtside seat carrying a hooded white winter jacket with two teddy bears connected to the entrance.

UP NEXT

Nets: At Indiana on Friday night time.

Raptors: Host Dallas on Saturday night time.

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