NBA: Brooklyn Nets win top duel in East

The Brooklyn Nets won the top game in the East against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the 125:117 victory for the guests, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant scored 64 points together, and KD was also able to celebrate several personal records.

Cleveland Cavaliers (22-13) – Brooklyn Nets (22-12) 117:125 (BOXSCORE)

An entry in the NBA history books had to be adjusted in the middle of the first quarter: Kevin Durant overtook Tim Duncan (26,496 points) and is now 15th in the all-time scoring list. With places 10-15 very close together, KD could make it into the top 10 this season. On top of that, Durant passed Kobe Bryant (1827 three-pointers) in the all-time three-pointers to jump to 21st place.

The Nets star played through the first 12 minutes and promptly scored 12 points, Royce O’Neal also got off to a hot start (10 points, 4/5 FG). The defensive specialist confirmed his strong form and was again able to convince as a long-range shooter (2/3 3FG). 34:22 for Brooklyn after the first leg.

In the second quarter, the Cavaliers acted much more aggressively and kept looking for the basket for easy points. This increasing aggressiveness was also noticeable at the defensive end of the floor, in the middle of the quarter Brooklyn only scored two points in about 5 minutes. A 16-4 run by the hosts reduced the Nets’ 12-point lead to just one point (43-44). But the guests responded with a 18:4 run, so Brooklyn went into the break with a comfortable lead (49:64).



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