Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving achieve early milestone in loss vs. Cavs
Though the Brooklyn Nets were defeated in double overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, they still managed to produce an impressive feat courtesy of their newly formed Big Three of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving.
According to ESPN Statistics and Information, the Nets became the fifth team since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976 to have multiple 30-point scorers in three straight games. They are also the first to do so since the New Orleans Pelicans in 2014 behind Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, and Ryan Anderson.
According to the @EliasSports, the Nets are the 5th team with multiple 30-point scorers in 3 straight games since the NBA-ABA Merger (1976-77). They are the first team to do this since the Pelicans in December 2014. pic.twitter.com/nGh1ICZuRo
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 21, 2021
On this night for the Nets, it was Kevin Durant, who has hit the 30-point threshold in three straight games, and Kyrie Irving who put up the 30-burgers. Irving made his much-anticipated return from an extended absence and finished with 37 points, two rebounds, and three assists.
In their previous two games, it was Harden who put up at least 30 points along with Durant. Though he only managed 21 markers against the Cavaliers, he did tack on 10 rebounds and 12 assists for yet another triple-double.
Despite the fireworks from their major stars, the Nets’ bench remains sorely lacking, combining for only 10 of their 135 points, with Joe Harris logging six of them.
There is no question that the Nets are top-heavy as currently constructed but losing Jarrett Allen, the team’s best center and most dependable guy off the bench, will certainly do them no favors.
Still, with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and an involved Kyrie Irving on the roster, the Nets will almost always have the talent advantage against most teams.