Kyrie Irving can only play street games for the Nets right now, but he’s making that one count.
Irving, who cannot play at home because he is unvaccinated, scored 41 points in the first half to lead the Nets to a huge 86-56 lead over the Magic on Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla.
The total of nets marked a franchise first-half record.
Irving was an impressive 14-for-19 from the field in the first half, including a red-hot 6-for-7 from 3-point land. He also went 7-for-7 from the foul line.
A maskless Irving watched The Nets’ 110-107 win over the Knicks from the stands on Sunday but could not play.
The Nets were fined $50,000 Monday for letting the unvaccinated Irving into their locker room in their win over the Knicks on Sunday, and Kevin Durant appeared chastised for the call from Mayor Eric Adams in support of his teammate after the game. On Monday he clarified his comments.
“The past two years have been a difficult and painful time for New Yorkers, as well as a very confusing time with the changing landscape of rules and mandates. I appreciate the job the mayor has ahead of him after what the city has been through,” said Durant, who was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. “My frustration with the situation doesn’t change the fact that I will always be committed to helping the communities and cities where I live and play.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/15/kyrie-irving-pours-in-41-first-half-points-to-propel-nets/ Kyrie Irving pours in 41 points in the first half to push Nets forward