It seems like the Brooklyn Nets haven’t had a full-strength squad all season long, doesn’t it? Tuesday night was yet another time that they didn’t, and that meant that they had to rely upon Kyrie Irving to lead the charge. That he did to aplomb as well, scoring 32 points and dishing out eight assists along the way as they overcame the New Orleans Pelicans 134-129. It wasn’t just the total number of points he ended up with that mattered; it was when he scored them that was key.
In the closing minute alone, he made four free throws as well as a difficult layup and a turnaround jumper that few would have made. All of that helped salt the game away, taking Brooklyn to 39-19 on the season and ensuring they held off Zion Williamson and co. Speaking of which, Zion had 33 points to lead all scorers on an impressive personal night for the young star. Unfortunately for him, his team is four games out of the play-in spots, so there is much work to do for them down the stretch in order to have a chance. Brooklyn, meanwhile, remained half a game back of Philly for the top seed in the East.