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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving's 57 points helped the Nets hold onto the Raptors, 109-105

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The Brooklyn Nets have officially taken a qualifying win.

With 57 points behind Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets took a win over the Toronto Raptors. The Nets are now 1-1 on the season.

Irving was the star of the game, scoring 30 points with 7 assists and 11/24 shooting. His heroism brought Brooklyn to the finish line.

“Kai has been incredible doing some big plays for us,” said Steve Nash. “We’ve come to expect that kind of shooting from him, but it’s not easy, especially in the last two games of the year. I’m sure he’s really tired, you’re still trying to get your legs together and he made some incredible plays.”

Kevin Durant had a quiet game by his standards despite 27 points. Despite entering the field with six assists, he was only 8 on 18/18 with a total of four rebounds.

Outside of the 7/11 duo, Nic Claxton had a stunning 19 points and 11 rebounds. His touch finish and ability to put the ball down continue to be a huge plus for Brooklyn in his fourth NBA season.

“Yeah, so he had all those qualities when he got here,” said Kevin Durant of Claxton’s start of the season and his refined skills. “Just being more confident and using it. Aries trusts him. His teammates trust him, so he can go there and do his job. Sometimes you don’t want to showcase all your skills early because you don’t know how they fit into the team. Now we need him to be relaxed and more aggressive.

Then there was the dagger. Royce O’Neale trio to end the match with 14.3 seconds. Later on.

Pascal Siakam had a triple-double with 37 points, 11 assists, 13 rebounds for Toronto, and all five of Toronto’s goals were in double digits.

“Triple-double will probably happen most nights,” said Kyrie Irving of the Raptors star. I don’t mean to say he’ll make an average triple-double, but I think he has the ability to triple-double on the number of pieces they have and how well they play through him.”

Brooklyn got off to a much better start behind early attacking Ben Simmons. Ben tied with a skyhook over his left shoulder, blocked OG Anonuby from the rim, and then threw a pass to O’Neale from under the basket of an ATO. Next, he stabs a two-handed jumper eight feet away (with his right hand!)

The always daring Raptors took a punch to the back of their star Pascal Siakam and brought the Nets to the six-point setting with a series of spin moves, with some additional points from Gary Trent Jr., a spark plug striker who always had the ability to make fire. He hit nine points on his own. Nets ended the first quarter with a 28-24 lead.

The Raptors closed the gap behind Siakam, who began warming up mid-range in the second quarter and threw a double jumper over Simmons. At the 5:22 mark of the second, Siakam had already set a game record with 18 points. Speaking of Simmons, he continued to do well for the Nets by breaking into the playmaking bag, leaving a fancy blank pass to Claxton, and then a pass to Patty Mills in the corner as a shorthand after Kevin Durant’s showing. . Meanwhile, Durant hit 11 points in the first half after a slow start, dropping the Nets to just 49 and the Raptors’ 52 after two quarters.

Brooklyn started the third quarter ahead 55-52 with back-to-back wins from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. The Nets also corrected the situation with three turnovers in three minutes on defense. Back-to-back three-pointers followed by Kyrie Irving’s offensive rebound and then Ben Simmons’ drive brought Brooklyn 64-56 with 7:33 backup left in the third quarter.

Some defensive errors caused the Nets to take the lead. In less than three minutes, the Raptors not only rebounded, they took a lead 68-64. After a patient drive from Fred VanVleet, the Raptors lead increased to 10, behind Siakam’s three-pointer followed by a one-legged Dirk Nowitzki-esque mid-range shot.

It was the Nets’ turn to comeback. Brooklyn forced a turnover and Nic Claxton picked up the ball right on the court and took a very light euro step over a defender. The next ball possession, some patter ball action, led to the Patty Mills trio, Brooklyn’s best half-court domination in the game. Brooklyn narrowly finished third, 79-78.

The fourth quarter continued to be a back and forth affair. Kyrie Irving continued after a hard long-two, plus foul, and then three passes a few minutes later into Anunoby’s outstretched arms. Nailed after a flurry of transition yet another Three names that put the Nets ahead 98-88 with 6 minutes left.

But defensive errors hurt the Nets once again. The Nets allowed Fred VanVleet, the only player in the Raptors to have any rhythm, to be wide open in the three-point pass after scoring a three-pointer early in the half. Then, Pascal Siakam’s offensive rebound after a wild shot closed the lead 100-97, Brooklyn’s advantage with 2:45 left. The trio of corners from OG Anunoby tied the match with 100 points each.

Fans were exclusive to a show in the last minute and a half. Kyrie Irving isolated himself in a tough fight and landed a mid-range shot. Toronto responded with a Dalano Banton layup. After having a split ball where the Nets almost flipped the ball, Kevin Durant saved his team with a 3-pointer. Fred VanVleet had O’Neale dance a step back midrange to cut Brooklyn’s lead to one, but then Royce got his revenge with a game-sealing three-pointer.

“It was a character win for our guys. We challenged them. We talked about raising our standards and how hard it is to win in this league,” Steve Nash said succinctly after the game.

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Say it with us: An aggressive Ben Simmons is a good Ben Simmons.

After a bad start in his Nets debut, Simmons made up for lost time with a much more promising follow-up. The key to Simmons’ show? He lowered his head and drove the car into the circle. Better, He actually looked at the circle.

Within three minutes, Simmons took a shot that was a good sign of times to come. But it wasn’t just any field goal. No, Simmons drove OG Anunoby, one of the league’s best wing defenders, on the left block, face up, center, and then unleashed an absolutely gorgeous skyhook from 9 feet.

This aggression continued throughout the first half. It then fell into the aforementioned two-handed short-range jumper. He also made a concerted effort to go all the way to the basket in the half pass instead of taking the dribble from the elbows or outwards. Here, he was beaten by Raptors rookie Christian Koloko to get dumped by Nic Claxton. Again, notice how aggressive Ben is about simply keeping his head down and fearlessly going to the hoop.

Of course, a solid Ben Simmons performance wouldn’t come without a two-pronged knack, and Ben made an impact on defense as well. He protected a number of Raptors players (OG Anunoby, Siakam, Fred VanVleet) and suffered that thunderous block in the first half.

Steve Nash called Simmons the “engine” before Brooklyn’s first game of the season. Games like this make it easy to see why. The Nets go where Ben Simmons took them.

Joe Harris is back

Joe Harris returned nearly a year after his sprained ankle on Nov. 14, had two surgeries in November and March. He played for about 18 minutes, scoring three points on 1/3 shots and 2 on 1 shots. He missed Wednesday’s game with a sore foot, as he had in the last three friendly games.

“Yeah, I’m going to play tonight. Yes, I’m excited,” Harris said pre-game. I’m excited to play.”

After the match, his coach talked about how much the team missed the organization’s 6’6″ sniper.

“It’s been almost a year and he’s been through a really terrible time, you know, you don’t want to wish any player, especially how hard Joe worked and was at his best and had all that. So for me it’s great to have him on the roster and we hope well. play.”

But Nash noted that, as about Ben Simmons, Harris needed time, repetitions.

“It’s also important for him to go out and feel again, (maybe making some mistakes, maybe) making a lot of mistakes,” Nash said. “And that’s important, too, like you have to go through this process. So taking it back is huge for our forward-looking perspective. And frankly, it gives us a little more depth.”

Seth Curry ‘needs a few more exercises’ before returning

Brooklyn’s floor-range cavalry got the necessary wit when Joe took the field on Friday, but there’s still a lot more waiting on the flanks. Seth Curry, who has not yet joined the 5v5 after his left ankle surgery in the off-season, still seems far from going on the field with his teammates.

“He probably needs a few more workouts,” Nash said of Curry. “So he’s progressing, I feel good about it. But he still needs a few more, I’d say. We can let you know when he’s ready or needs something else from now on.”

Still, things start looking for these Nets after the big victory.

Nash speaks after Nets chaotic post

Toronto may not be Steve Nash’s hometown, but he’s Canadian and has always had his compatriots intrigued. So, before Friday’s game, Sportsnet Canada’s Michael Grange asked Nash about his survival in the summer of Nets discontent, which included Kevin Durant’s ultimatum to Joe Tsai that he fired both Nash and GM Steve Nash. As in the past, Nash downplayed the noise, the chaos of the off-season:

“I think from the outside it can be a very hot topic and anyone can dramatize it. Insider, these things happen all the time throughout the league. We have short memories and we immediately move on to the next drama… We just had to sit down at one point.”

“No baggage or leftovers at work every day, if it makes sense. I’m sure people from the outside always ask ‘how?’ they wonder, but that’s exactly how it is in the NBA,” Nash continued. “Maybe it’s hard to understand for someone who isn’t in the building every day, but we had a really great pre-season, we’ve laid the groundwork and we really need that much time now. I hope it comes to life and I hope it doesn’t take too long so we can have some fun on the road.”

what’s next

The Nets embark on their first trip of the season, a multi-day break that starts in Memphis against the Grizzlies. The slope starts at 8 PM ET and can be watched on YES Network.

For a different perspective, head over to Raptors HQ, our sister site in Toronto.

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