NBA, Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks 110-98

After a bad first half Nash lowers the quintet and Brooklyn takes off: for KD 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, in the relentless final Mills

With an excellent second half the Nets (42-38) avoid a very expensive slide in the derby with the Knicks (35-45) and find the success, 110-98 in the score, which keeps them in contention for seventh place. . By beating Cleveland on Friday and Indiana on Sunday, Brooklyn would face the “Play-in” in the best possible situation. At Madison Square Garden, against the reworked Knicks lacking Randle, Rose and Robinson, Steve Nash’s team dozed off for most of the game only to switch gears midway through the second half. Kevin Durant is thinking of making the difference for the umpteenth time and in the end he scored a triple double on the scoresheet: 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. For the first time, the Irving-Durant duo takes the field in Garden with the jersey of the Nets but the approach of a challenge that means a lot to Brooklyn is absolutely false. The visiting team, indeed, play with irritating smugness in defense and in attack go ac. So Burks and Barrett get married and the Knicks place the game-changing acceleration between the end of the first quarter and the start of the second, producing a 19-0 run that improves Garden. Irving and his companions find no answers and thus arrive late at the 67-50 interval.

what a recovery

The Knicks touch +21 in the third fraction but things change drastically when Nash decides to lower the quintet. The visiting team’s defensive aggression begins to put the Knicks in trouble, KD, who becomes virtually the only long on the team in a quintet with Brown and three guards, then picks up the pace on offense and for New York things get complicated. Brooklyn brings the hosts back with a 15-2 break early in the fourth period, with Mills turning lethal from long range. The inertia passes into the hands of the visiting team which dominates the last minutes of the match and closes the match with the 16-2 which takes away all hope for Tom Thibodeau’s team. The Nets then manage to take back by the hair a challenge started in the worst way, for the Knicks, however, comes yet another defeat against Durant. The New York team, which seemed to be the favorites in the race for KD’s free agent when in 2019 he decided to sign with his Brooklyn cousins ​​instead, has indeed failed to overcome Kevin Durant for nine years. “After an absolutely unsatisfactory first half – comments Steve Nash at the end of the match at the Garden – in the second half we played with energy and dedication. We risked a lot because of a bad approach but in the second half we only conceded 31 points to the Knicks, I’m proud of the reaction of the team.

New York: Burks 24 (3/8, 4/6, 6/8 tl), Barrett 23, Toppin 19. Rebounds: Sims 13. Assists: Barrett 7.

Brooklyn: Durant 32 (9/12, 2/10, 8/9 tl), Irving 24, Curry, Mills 15. Rebounds: Durant 10. Assists: Durant 11.

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