NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half to lead the undermanned Brooklyn Nets to a 130-96 win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Brooklyn, which entered the game having lost two straight and four of five, never trailed. The Nets led 35-14 after the first quarter and 63-44 at halftime. Brooklyn’s 19-point halftime lead was its biggest in about 10 months. In the Nets’ 139-120 win over San Antonio on Mar. 6, 2020, they had a 21-point (75-54) halftime lead. Irving was a prime factor in the Nets’ first-half attack, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and 20 by halftime. Irving’s 18 first-quarter points were the third-most scored by an player on any team in an opening quarter this season. His 20 first-half points marked the fifth time this season he had that many in an opening half. “(Irving is) going to score,” Bruce Brown said. “He was hot. … Kyrie just went crazy today.” As brilliant as he was individually, Irving had help from Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert. Allen recorded his third double-double of the season with 19 points and 18 rebounds. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK… Read full this story
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