The Brooklyn Nets are up against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight. Despite not having Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are doing a great job to lead the team.
As the second quarter was nearing its end, Irving reminded the Lakers about his offensive prowess. With his silky handles, he crossed Talen Horton-Tucker, before taking the open mid-range shot. Although he missed, he didn’t give up and got the putback through an excellent hustle play. There were two defenders in front of him but Irving was determined to make the most out of that play.
That bucket helped the Nets to extend their lead to 19 points. They have had a strong start to the game, and by the end of the half, they had an 11-point lead. Irving had nine points and kept testing the Lakers defense, who provided little resistance.
Can Kyrie Irving get a win over former teammate LeBron James?
Prior to the game, ESPN posted a stat on Twitter that showed how LeBron James has bossed Irving in their 12 meetings. Irving has won just twice and has been outscored by LeBron in every game. There is a chance he gets outscored once again, but he looks set to get his third win over LeBron.
It will be his first win over LeBron since his Celtics beat LeBron’s Lakers back in March 2019. It is likely to be a comfortable win for the Nets, since the loss of both Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder has weakened the Lakers.
Irving and LeBron were close on the Cavs and also won a title together. But after being denied superstar treatment like LeBron, Irving became unhappy, and eventually requested to leave.
He was traded to the Celtics, where he just spent two seasons, before leaving for the Nets. He formed a duo with KD, and now the arrival of Harden has made them the favorites to win the title. At their best, the Nets’ offensive juggernaut cannot be stopped. They have a suspect defense, but their offense has the ability to outscore anyone.
Tonight’s win will be their 19th of the season, and their fifth in a row. It will help them to continue to mount pressure on the 76ers, who currently hold the #1 seed.
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