Kyrie Irving returns to help Nets rout Hawks
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 21 points in 20 minutes of an easy return from a two-month absence with an injured right shoulder, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 108-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
Irving shot 10 for 11 from the field after missing 26 games with an impingement. The shoulder looked fine and his handle looked as good as ever while he dribbled his way around a hopeless Atlanta defense.
Energized by his return that still seemed a ways away just a week ago, the Nets led by 39 points and won their second straight after dropping seven in a row.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bojan Bogdonovic scored 31 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 14 rebounds and Utah beat Washington for its ninth straight victory.
Utah overcame a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to win for the 14th time in 15 games. Jordan Clarkson had 17 of his 23 points in the second half. Utah scoring leader Donovan Mitchell sat out because of an illness.
Bradley Beal scored 25 points for Washington after missing give games with right leg soreness.
San Antonio used a big fourth quarter to win for the third time in four games. Derrick White scored 13 points for the Spurs, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 11. DeRozan also had eight rebounds and four assists against his former team.
Trailing by as many 20 points in the second half, Los Angeles had pulled within six with 1:11 remaining when Patrick Beverley was called for a foul on Jokic. Clippers coach Doc Rivers was incensed over the call and was given two technical fouls and ejected from the game.
Deandre Ayton added 18 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix.
Dwayne Bacon scored 24 points for the Hornets.
D’Angelo Russel led the Warriors with 34 points in his return from a right shoulder injury.
Jimmy Butler had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat. They blew a lead down the stretch for the second time
- Atlanta Hawks
- Brooklyn Nets
- Kyrie Irving
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Memphis Grizzlies
- New York Knicks
- Phoenix Suns
- San Antonio Spurs
- Utah Jazz