Kyrie Irving defied the laws of physics in the third quarter of the Brooklyn Nets’ meeting with the Detroit Pistons.
- Brooklyn Nets 121 (19-25)
- Detroit Pistons 111 (17-30)
- NBA, Final, Box Score
- Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
Love him or hate him, Kyrie Irving is one of the most entertaining basketball players on the planet. He has a knack for shot-making and his latest circus shot shows off his remarkable creativity.
A bump from Andre Drummond pushes the Brooklyn Nets point guard underneath the basket and the only possible way to make the bucket is by throwing it over the backboard. That’s light work for Kyrie.
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) January 26, 2020
Irving’s bucket was part of a third-quarter surge by the Nets. Detroit held a 10-point lead at halftime, but Irving led Brooklyn to a 30-17 period fueled by 17 points from the mercurial point guard. In addition to Irving’s exploits, the Nets’ newfound defensive intensity helped throw the Pistons off their game.
Riding a five-game losing streak, the Nets needed someone to step up and set the tone. Irving did that from start to finish, scoring 45 points, while racking up six rebounds and seven assists.
The point guard was the catalyst for Brooklyn’s win, but he was not alone on the court. Jarrett Allen held his own against Drummond, tallying 20 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks. Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Caris LeVert all finished in double figures as well.
Brooklyn allowed the Pistons to push the game to overtime, but once the extra period began, the Nets took complete control and coasted to the victory.
Saturday is just the first half of a back-to-back for the Nets. Brooklyn will travel back home for their final meeting with the New York Knicks on Sunday.