KEVIN Durant scored 53 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 110-107 win over the New York Knicks in the NBA match, Monday (14/3) early morning WIB, when Kyrie Irving was just sitting in the audience.
New York City’s COVID-19 regulations have prevented Irving, who refused to be vaccinated, from playing in New York City, either at Barclays Center, the Nets headquarters, or Madison Square Garden, home to the Knicks.
However, the loosening of the rules allowed Irving to watch the Nets match against the Knicks from the stands.
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Without the presence of Irving, who can only play in away games for the Nets, and Ben Simmons, who has yet to make his debut for the Nets, Durant is again a mainstay of the Nets.
Despite being heavily escorted by the Knicks players, Durant managed to score 53 points, six rebounds, and nine assists.
He hit a three-pointer with 56.3 seconds remaining to give the Nets a 106-103 lead.
Durant scored more than 50 points for the eighth time of his career and second of the season.
The only two players to have scored more than 50 points in at least two games this season are Irving and LeBron James. (AFP/OL-1)