Nets’ Kyrie Irving, Karl-Anthony Towns combine for 60-point feat not seen in 60 years
Just a day after Karl-Anthony Towns set the season-high mark of 60 points, Kyrie Irving came in and did the exact same thing in a 150-108 Brooklyn Nets win.
The two players synced up for spectacular scoring nights on back-to-back days, with KAT lighting up the San Antonio Spurs in a 149-139 win.
The combined feats made NBA history as the first two players to score 60 on consecutive nights since Wilt Chamberlain and … Wilt Chamberlain again did it. Poetically, it was last done in 1962, a perfect 60 years later.
Last night, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 60 points; tonight Kyrie Irving did the same.
It's the first time since 1962 that there have been 60-point games on consecutive days.
That 1962 instance was Wilt Chamberlain doing it by himself. pic.twitter.com/gTpZsyEfWw
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 16, 2022
Karl-Anthony Towns just had to shout out the Nets star on Twitter. The two both have roots in New Jersey and played high school ball in the area separate by a few years.
Jersey putting up numbers.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) March 16, 2022
Kyrie Irving was as efficient as can be for his Tuesday display for the Nets. His 60 points consisted of going 20-for-31 from the field and 8-for-12 from the three-point line while missing just one of his 13 attempts from the free throw line.
To even approach 60 points, that’s the kind of efficiency you need. Karl-Anthony Towns posted a similar stat line, going 19-for-31 from the field and making seven of his 11 three-point attempts. He also sank 15-for-16 foul shots en route to his franchise record 60.