It was just a preseason game but watch out for the Brooklyn Nets!
In their 119-114 victory over the Washington Wizards, who were playing without Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, the Nets' two All-Stars looked efficient and in-sync in their limited minutes on the floor.
Kyrie with the dime to KD ♨️- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 13, 2020
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Both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were returning from injuries but neither looked like it.
KD's first bucket as a Net was a dunk off a left baseline drive. A sight to behold for Nets fans.
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In 24 minutes of action, KD finished with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. He recorded three turnovers and finished with shooting numbers of 5-for-12 but he began the game making his first three shots and going 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Not bad at all, especially for a player in his first competitive professional game in 18 months - Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals when Durant ruptured his right Achilles,
On the other hand, Irving played all of his 18 minutes in the first half and was absolutely on fire.
He finished with 18 points, four assists, and zero turnovers, posting incredible shooting figures of 7-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.
In the first half, the only half both Irving and KD played, the Nets outscored the Wizards 68-50.
Meanwhile, for the visiting Wizards who were also playing without Davis Bertans, the spotlight was taken by rookie Deni Avdija.
Deni Avdija goes 6-for-6 and drops 15 PTS in his @WashWizards preseason debut 🔥#NBARooks x #NBAPreseason pic.twitter.com/vDPY01NjAg- NBA Draft (@NBADraft) December 14, 2020
The other starting wings on the team also impressed - Troy Brown Jr. (14 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals) and Rui Hachimura (18 points) - as all Wizards starters finished in double figures.
Brooklyn will play their lone remaining preseason game against the Boston Celtics on Dec. 18 while the Wizards play a couple more - both at home against the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 17 and Dec. 19.
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