07 Jan 2022 | 06:12 | Basketball
Kevin Durant and Luka Doncic showed off in the NBA this Wednesday to guide the victories of their respective teams, the Nets and the Mavericks, on a night marked by the debut of Kyrie Irving after months of inactivity due to not being vaccinated.
With a comeback in the fourth quarter – which they won 35 to 20 – the Brooklyn Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 129-121, thanks to a whopping 39 points, eight rebounds and seven assists from star forward Durant.
Another who helped the Nets win was Kyrie Irving , who scored 22 points and sparked a big second-half rally for the team on his season debut.
Irving is ineligible to play home games because he is not vaccinated as required by New York City , and the Nets had decided not to allow him to play away games for most of the season, but changed his mind last month and they were glad they left him at the away games now.
Irving helped them rebound from a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The point guard played 32 minutes and Brooklyn snapped a three-game losing streak .
In Dallas, the Slovenian Luka Dončić scored 26 points in the Mavericks win against the best team in the NBA this season, the Golden State Warriors for Stephen Curry , with a score of 99-82.
The former Real Madrid star shared the limelight with German Dallas legend Dirk Nowitzki , whose number was removed in a ceremony in which his number 41 was raised to the ceiling.
Golden State offered its tribute to Nowitzki in a video during a time out of the third quarter. There were recorded messages from Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green , who joked with the German.
Dallas had four consecutive victories for the first time , a milestone achieved with Doncic’s third consecutive game after ten games of absence due to problems in the left ankle and knee and a positive for covid-19.
Doncic, the 22-year-old Dallas sensation, played aggressively, dishing out eight assists and grabbing seven rebounds