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NBA Roundup: Kyrie Irving breaks out to career-high 60 in Nets win

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic
March 15, 2022; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) celebrates with forward Kevin Durant (7) in the second half after scoring a career-high 60 points against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2022

Kyrie Irving scored 41 of his career-best 60 points in Brooklyn’s record-breaking first half and led the Nets to a 150-108 win over host Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, their fourth straight win.

Irving’s first-ever 60-point game, which broke his previous career-high 57 against San Antonio in 2015, included 20 field goals scored on 31 tries. He also went 8-for-12 from beyond the arc and 12-for-13 at the foul line en route to his sixth career performance with 50+ points.

Kevin Durant, who had a 53-point performance against the New York Knicks on Sunday, had 19 points and seven assists in the Nets’ wire-to-wire win. Irving’s last three points came with a three from the left wing with 8:32 left and sent him to the bench for the remainder of the game while Brooklyn fielded seven players overall in double figures.

Brooklyn led 86-56 at halftime — a franchise record for one-half points — on a 48-point first quarter in which Irving had 16 points and the Nets shot 74.1 percent (20 to 27).

Orlando, who lost three of four games to Brooklyn this season, was led by Cole Anthony with 19 points and seven assists. Wendell Carter Jr. had 18 points and seven rebounds, Moe Wagner had 17 points, and Franz Wagner had 16 points.

Grizzlies 135, Pacers 102

Desmond Bane scored 21 points to lead an even attack as Memphis drove to a fourth straight win and blew out Indiana in Indianapolis.

Jaren Jackson Jr. contributed 19 points and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies, who led by as much as 43 points despite playing without star guard Ja Morant (back pain). De’Anthony Melton added 18 points while Steven Adams had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis.

Jalen Smith led the Pacers by 15 points. Buddy Hield and Terry Taylor each scored 14 points. Malcolm Brogdon returned after two games from a concussion and had 12 points and five assists.

Heat 105, Piston 98

Tyler Herro scored 29 points off the bench, Max Strus scored all 16 points in the fourth quarter, and host Miami beat Detroit.

Bam Adebayo delivered 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists for Miami and Duncan Robinson threw in 12 points. The Heat beat the Pistons 37-25 in the fourth quarter and 35-14 at the free throw line.

Jerami Grant scored 22 points to lead the Pistons, who have lost four straight games. Isaiah Livers had 16 points and six rebounds.

Suns 131, pelicans 115

Devin Booker scored 27 points and helped lead a barrage of 3-pointers as the visiting Phoenix beat New Orleans.

Booker made 4 of 9 3-point attempts and Mikal Bridges hit 4 of 5 while scoring 20 points for the Suns, who finished 18 of 34 from beyond the arc. Phoenix scored more than 30 points in every quarter.

Herbert Jones scored 22 points to lead New Orleans, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

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