Kyrie Irving ties Bernard King for Nets record with 40-point explosion vs Celtics
Star guard Kyrie Irving recorded his fifth 40-point game in a Brooklyn Nets jersey on Thursday. This ties Bernard King’s mark for third-most in the organization’s history.
Irving led the Nets against the Boston Celtics, 121-109. The seven-time All-Star dropped 40 points on 15-of-23 shooting from the field, 5-of-8 from deep, and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. He also had eight rebounds and three assists. As noted by ESPN, Vince Carter holds the franchise record with 17 40-point games followed by John Williamson.
Kyrie Irving recorded his 5th 40-point game with the Nets, tying Bernard King for 3rd-most in Nets NBA history. Only Vince Carter (17) and John Williamson (8) had more. pic.twitter.com/w6fpJYvg8Z
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It seems like a trivial record for the Nets given that Irving is known to be one hell of an offensive gunner. You almost always expect him to explode for 40 or even 50 points.
However, what’s interesting is that Irving is already climbing up the franchise ladder in just his second season with the Nets. Last season, he played just 20 games due to several injuries. This year, the one-time NBA champ seems healthy and supremely focused to snag another title ring.
It would be interesting to see if Irving of the Nets takes the crown away from Carter. He sure is capable of doing just that. But note that he’s now teammates with Kevin Durant and James Harden — two players who, just like him, can drop a massive amount of points on any given night.
Some even believe that Durant is one of the greatest scorers in league history, the number one Nets scorer.
Whatever the case may be, Irving seems finally happy with his team. The Nets are now the top favorites to represent the East in the NBA Finals and perhaps win it all.