What a night of stories, surprises and curiosities in Indianapolis. The Brooklyn nets they were imposed, by 129 to 121, a few Pacers very brave who were close to surprising their audience but were left without legs in the final stage.
The meeting left us the Kyrie Irving debut, the kevin duran exhibitt and a feeling of travel to the past with Lance Stephenson, unexpected lead of Indiana in a meeting before the leaders of the Eastern Conference.
Let’s go by parts. In the purely sporting field, he always shone again, the best. Kevin Durant ended the night with 39 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Once again, he led the Nets with a dominant performance, unafraid of taking responsibility in the important minutes.
On the other hand, the Kyrie Irving debut, who played his first game of the year, left no one indifferent. The base had been removed from the team for refusal to get vaccinated But the recent wave of the coronavirus and the numerous casualties in the NBA caused Brooklyn to reconsider its position.
Irving will play the games that are not played at the Barclays Center and yesterday it was clear what he can contribute. 22 points (+16 with him on the court) in 32 minutes to premiere; as if he had never left.
The Nets didn’t have it easy at all. In front they found some leathery Pacers with a surprise factor. Yes, Domantas Sabonis he led his team with a near-perfect triple-double. 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists barely missing (10/14 shooting) in what was surely his best game of the year.
However, the real story was on the bench, in a Lance Stephenson who had been out of the NBA for some time and to which the Pacers have decided to give an opportunity in the form of a 10-day contract as a result of all the losses due to Covid-19.
Stephenson, who was an illustrious figure for the Pacers more than five years ago, responded last night as he knows best: scoring points. The escort he went up to 30 with 12/19 shots made. He distributed 5 assists and was an absolute shock from the bench.
The Pacers They let themselves go up in the last quarter, after a brilliant first half. However, they showed many aspects of improvement compared to past weeks, in addition to their winter ‘signing’.