Kevin Durant motivates the Nets for a decisive comeback to beat the Knicks

Knicks fans are still bitter about the choice of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to network.

The two stars then reminded them of why, lifting Brooklyn to a much-needed 110-98 win coming from behind before a losing crowd of 19812 in the park.

In the first inning, the Nets dug a 17-point hole, and Irving even verbally entered it with a fan who headed off the court into the locker room. But when they came out, Brooklyn outperformed the Knicks 60-31 the rest of the way, their best defensive performance in any half this season.

Durant scored 32 points, 11 assists and 10 boards, and Irving added 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He also went back and forth with the fan in the first half, and waved goodbye to the park crowd afterwards.

“Man, I just needed to lose some of that energy, honestly. Because we were in trouble for most of the game and I kept telling our guys this is our game, this is our game,” Irving said. “But waving to the crowd was like, ‘Hey! We’ll see you guys next year.”

Kevin Durant, who scored 32 points, went up to Dunk during the second half of the Nets' 110-98 win over the Knicks.
Kevin Durant, who scored 32 points, went up to Dunk during the second half of the Nets’ 110-98 win over the Knicks.
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It was the Nets’ seventh straight win over the Knicks, and after trailing 71-50 to third – the second time they wiped out a more than 20-point deficit this year at The Garden.

“I hate being frustrated. I hate even being this team [to] Go down and fight. I don’t like this s-t. Durant, who said this became a rivalry — escalated after he and Irving chose Brooklyn in June 2019.

“We know how much Knicks fans don’t love us. Especially now this era, with the Knicks not picking me and Keri. …Imagine the tweets I’ve been getting since I decided to come to the Knicks. Knicks fans are still grumpy, some hits here and there.”

Although Durant said it was all about love from Knicks fans, Irving confirmed that they ask him all the time why he chose Brooklyn over Manhattan.

“Of course,” Irving said, admitting that he loves to play the provocateur. “I really don’t give an explanation. …You guys know me. I shoot darts in the air and just wait for people to assume what they want. Am I lying what he could be talking about? Is he talking about this?”

Kyrie Irving, who scored 24 points, looks to make a pass during the Nets win.
Kyrie Irving, who scored 24 points, looks to make a pass during the Nets win.
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The Nets, who came third by 21 points, used a 20-2 blitz that extended to fourth. After the Knicks regained the lead, Brooklyn closed (42-38) in the 16-2 round to retain eighth place in the East.

“In the first half we didn’t play Nets basketball, which are things we preach every day,” Durant said. “But the second half is who we are.”

Alec Burks led the Knicks with 24, RJ ​​Barrett added 23, seven assists and seven boards. The Knicks (35-45) beat Brooklyn in the first inning, but outsmarted the talent in the second.

“You can’t do much against a 7-footer who can make a jump over anyone,” Barrett said.

RJ Barrett, who scored 23 points, went up to throw the ball during the Knicks' loss.
RJ Barrett, who scored 23 points, went up to throw the ball during the Knicks’ loss.
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Durant’s draw put the net 25-19 with 1:55 remaining in the first half.

The Knicks had a massive 19-0 run, capped by a corner kick from Obi Tobin (19 points). Brooklyn missed eight consecutive shots and saw the Knicks lead 38-25. It was 17 in the first half and the cushion swelled to 71-50 on Barrett’s free throws.

The Knicks still led 82-67 after disappointing Toppin with 1:34 in third. But Brooklyn used a 20-2 blitz to take the momentum and lead.

Durant’s mid-range pull position netted 87-84.

Barrett put the Knicks back 96-94 before 5:11 left, but Brooklyn lost 10 points unanswered — part of a 16-2 spur to close out the game — to take the win.

Having so far found Durant struggling with Patty Mills (15 points) for a massive 3 and 101-96 advantage with 2:48 to play, the Knicks never responded.

“It was very unsatisfactory for a while. Proud of the group,” said coach Steve Nash. “We didn’t play well in the first half. We didn’t give the fight, spirit and energy needed. … in the second half you could see them take the challenge, and we needed all of that.”