Kyrie Irving dazzles with 50 points in Nets debut, though final shot doesn't go in OT loss
NEW YORK - Kyrie Irving was into his bag of tricks early in Brooklyn's season opener against Minnesota.
He had 12 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, five in the third, 13 in the fourth and by the time overtime concluded, Irving had dropped 50 on the Timberwolves.
But that impressive offensive performance - he also had eight rebounds and seven assists - came in a loss. Minnesota defeated Brooklyn 127-126. Irving's shot at the overtime buzzer didn't go in.
Still, what a great night for Irving, who set a franchise record for points in a debut.
During a dizzying scoring burst late in the fourth quarter, Irving scored nine points in 62 seconds. He finished 17-for-33 from the field, including 7-for-14 on 3-pointers. It was Irving's third career game with at least 50 points.
Kyrie Irving dribbles during the Nets' game against the Timberwolves. (Photo: Emilee Chinn, Getty Images)
"He was outstanding, obviously. Great debut for him," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.
Center Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 36 points and 14 rebounds.
Before the game, Irving addressed the home crowd, saying, "Ah man, I am eternally grateful to be here. (To) be back home in front of you guys. Oh man, sorry, it is just hitting me right now. I appreciate you guys. Let's go, Nets."
Irving, who grew up in nearby West Orange, N.J., left Boston for Brooklyn in free agency in large part because he wanted to play closer to home.
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Nets fans chanted, "Kryie's home, Kyrie's home" as he shot free throws in the fourth quarter, and if this is what the Kyrie Irving era in Brooklyn is going to look like, Barclays Center will be a fun place to be this season.
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