Irving Scores Game-Winning Shot Against Nets, Celtics, and Warriors
IRVING – On Friday, NBA reigning champions Golden State and league-leading Boston both suffered defeats, which allowed the Brooklyn Nets’ star player Kyrie Irving to hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the Nets to their fifth consecutive victory.
The Nets prevailed over the Raptors in Toronto by a score of 119-116 thanks to a step-back three-pointer made by Irving.
Irving scored 32 points to put the Nets in first place. Kevin Durant added 28 more points for Brooklyn as they continued their winning streak to nine games.
In the first half, Brooklyn was behind by as many as 18 points, but they were able to mount a comeback and are now only one game behind Cleveland for third place in the Eastern Conference.
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers 118-112 thanks to a furious fourth-quarter comeback sparked by Donovan Mitchell’s 41 points.
Fred VanVleet led the Raptors in scoring with 39 points, and the game was tied at 105-105 thanks to a pull-up three-pointer that he made with 3:06 left to play.
The teams continued to swap the lead until there was 14.1 seconds left when the Nets took the lead with a three-pointer by Yuta Watanabe, who was fed by Kyrie Irving. Ben Simmons and Kevin Durant both responded for Brooklyn with dunks at this time.
Scottie Barnes of Toronto scored two free throws to tie the game up again, but Kyrie Irving converted the game-winning shot at the buzzer.
The Nets maintained their one-game lead over the sixth-placed Philadelphia 76ers, who earned fifth place after defeating the short-handed Warriors in Philadelphia by a score of 118-106.
James Harden added 27 points and nine assists to his scoring total for the Sixers, who were short-handed themselves as Tobias Harris was forced to withdraw from the game with back pain late in the game. Joel Embiid scored 34 points and collected 13 rebounds for the Sixers.
After suffering an injury to his left shoulder during the Warriors’ loss on Wednesday in Indiana, superstar Stephen Curry was unable to play for the team and is expected to miss an indeterminate amount of time.
As a result of Andrew Wiggins’ absence for a sixth consecutive game and Draymond Green’s absence due to a thigh injury, the Warriors’ record on the road dropped to 2-14.
The Warriors were led in scoring by Jordan Poole with 29 points, and Donte DiVicenzo scored 16 points, 15 of which came in the first half on five three-point shots.
But Golden State was unable to keep up the early pace and couldn’t stop Joel Embiid, who scored 12 points in the third quarter and finished with at least 30 points for the sixth game in a row.
Embiid noted of the Warriors side, which had a lead of two points going into the half, that “they made a lot of shots, they were hot to start the game.” “We were aware that they would become less hostile at some time in the future. We had no choice but to maintain an aggressive stance and acquire stops.”
The young Orlando Magic team stunned the Celtics with a 117-109 victory in Boston, bringing the Celtics’ record to 22-8 and dropping them from first place in the league.
The Celtics were led by Jayson Tatum, who scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Boston was unable to fend off a Magic squad that won their fifth game in a row, despite Jaylen Brown adding 26 points to their total.
After having surgery on his left knee in September, Boston center Robert Williams was able to make his first appearance of the season. Off the bench, he contributed nine points and five rebounds to the team’s total.
Moritz Wagner scored 25 points and Paolo Banchero added 20 more for the Magic, who defeated the Celtics in the second half by outrebounding them 53-38 and never falling behind.
Wagner stated on the Magic, who are now ranked 13th in the Eastern Conference, “We’ve been consistent with our work all year and it’s starting to translate.” “We have done an excellent job of concentrating on the game plan, which is a difficult task to accomplish with such a young club. It is finally paying off in the form of victories.”
Trae Young scored 31 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 28 more as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Charlotte Hornets 125-106 in Charlotte. The Knicks defeated the Bulls.
In Detroit, Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox scored 24 points, and Domantas Sabonis added 23 points and 13 rebounds as part of the Kings’ come-from-behind victory over the Pistons by a score of 122-113. Seven different Kings players scored in double figures during the game.
The Kings surged in the third quarter, outscoring the Pistons 38-23 to gain control of the game. Detroit fans booed their team as the Kings put together a 23-6 scoring run during that time period. Detroit held a lead of eight points at the half.
In a game played in Chicago, the New York Knicks defeated the Bulls by a score of 114-91 to extend their current winning run to six games.
Jalen Brunson made a career-high six three-pointers and Quentin Grimes sank five as the Knicks finished with 17 from beyond the arc. RJ Barrett led the Knicks in scoring with 27 points, followed by Jalen Brunson with 22 points and Quentin Grimes with 22 points.
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