NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving may have to show the Brooklyn Nets he's more than a great basketball player if he wants a future with the team.
General manager Sean Marks made clear Wednesday that Irving will have to prove a commitment to being available to his team that wasn't there this season.
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics’ sweep of the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs underscored one thing about Boston's late-season rise to the top tier of the NBA's Eastern Conference: it was no fluke.
NEW YORK (AP) — With Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, the Brooklyn Nets had expectations of being the last team standing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown had 22 and the Boston Celtics completed a four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first team to reach the second round of the playoffs with a 116-112 victory Monday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Tatum was stunned, yet certain. He disagreed with his sixth foul but had no doubt the Boston Celtics, with their rock-solid defense, would hold on without their scoring star.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are struggling against Boston, and Ben Simmons won't be available to help them Monday night with the Brooklyn Nets' season on the brink.
NEW YORK (AP) — The stoppers are suffocating the scorers.
And as Boston was finishing another shutdown effort against Kevin Durant and the Nets, a loud “Let’s Go Celtics! Let’s Go Celtics!” chant broke out from the many fans in green who had seats in Barclays Center.
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving behaved himself.
He just didn’t play very well.
One day after he was fined for cursing at Boston fans and giving them the finger, the Nets point guard managed just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting Wednesday night in Brooklyn’s 114-107 loss to the Celtics.
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics fans got under Kyrie Irving’s skin in the opening game of their first-round matchup with the Nets.
It was Boston’s defense that kept him – and Kevin Durant – off balance in Game 2.
Kyrie Irving and the Nets are expecting more of the same from Boston — on and off the court — in Wednesday's Game 2 when the Celtics look to build on their buzzer-beating win in the series opener.
Jayson Tatum’s spinning layup in the lane over Irving as time expired sent the TD Garden crowd into a frenzy as Tatum’s final buck capped a 31-point performance that punctuated Boston’s victory.
BOSTON (AP) — Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $50,000 for making obscene gestures and directing profane language toward the crowd during Brooklyn’s Game 1 playoff loss to the Celtics,
League operations president Byron Spruell announced the fines on Tuesday.
Brooklyn Nets (44-38, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (51-31, second in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Celtics -3.5; over/under is 227.5
BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum made a layup at the buzzer off a pass from Marcus Smart to give the Boston Celtics a dramatic 115-114 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday in the Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving cost himself millions of dollars in salary. He may have cost the Brooklyn Nets any realistic chance of winning the NBA title.
His decision not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus put him on center stage of the debate and left him ineligible to play in New York for most of the season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken made major league history as the first female coach on the field in a regular-season game when she took her spot for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night against San Diego.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bring on Boston.
That's the next stop on a recent rise for the Brooklyn Nets, who were in 10th place not long ago but don't look like an underdog right now.
Kyrie Irving had 34 points and 12 assists, Kevin Durant added 25 points and 11 assists, and the Nets took the No.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have played in the NBA Finals and Olympics, so they've been in just about every kind of big game there is.
The play-in tournament is something new for them, and the Brooklyn Nets certainly didn't expect to experience it this year.
Cleveland Cavaliers (43-38, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (43-38, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Nets -8; over/under is 229.5
It lasted 174 days, required the usage of more players than any season in history primarily because of the ongoing challenge of playing through a pandemic, and saw playoff-positioning chases go all the way down to the final moments.
NEW YORK (AP) — Four wins in the final week sent the Brooklyn Nets surging up to seventh in the Eastern Conference.
One more win sends them to the playoffs.
“Now we get to carry some of that momentum on into Tuesday,” Kyrie Irving said.
Cleveland Cavaliers (43-37, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (42-38, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Patty Mills and the Brooklyn Nets host Darius Garland and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Eastern Conference play.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant had 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets back from 21 points down to a 110-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night that strengthened their chances of the best spot possible next week in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant loves being part of New York's basketball rivalry, even finds it funny when he hears from the opposing fans.
He should enjoy it. When it comes to the Knicks, Durant always gets the last word.
Brooklyn Nets (41-38, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York Knicks (35-44, 12th in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Knicks -9
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Joel Embiid had 45 points and 13 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers made a franchise-record 17 3-pointers in the first half of a 131-122 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night that moved them into a tie with Boston atop the Atlantic Division.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 42 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Houston Rockets 118-105 on Tuesday night to improve their position in the race for play-in seeding.
Irving had 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the Nets pull away again after their 21-point lead dwindled to six.
NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become Milwaukee’s career scoring leader on a 3-pointer that forced overtime, and then made two free throws in the final seconds to give the Bucks a 120-119 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
Milwaukee Bucks (47-28, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (40-36, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee visits the Brooklyn Nets after Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 points in the Bucks' 118-116 win against the Philadelphia 76ers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 41 points and the Brooklyn Nets rallied past the Detroit Pistons 130-123 on Tuesday night.
Durant connected on 14 of 23 shots, 4 of 6 from 3-point range and all nine of his foul shots while adding 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks to help the Nets overcome a double-digit deficit in the second quarter.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving is not about to look back now.
Not at a loss in his first home game.
Nor at how many more losses in home games might have been avoided if he were playing previously.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving waited all season for a chance to play in front of his home fans, and this sure wasn't the way he envisioned it going.
“Not the result we wanted, I didn’t shoot as well as I wanted,” Irving said.
MIAMI (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 23 points, Seth Curry added 17 and the Brooklyn Nets overwhelmed Miami 110-95 on Saturday night, sending the Heat to their season-worst fourth consecutive loss.
Andre Drummond had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Brooklyn, which got 11 points from Kyrie Irving — who will play his first home game of the season for the Nets on Sunday — and 10 from Nic Claxton.
Charlotte Hornets (38-36, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (39-35, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Sunday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Nets -7; over/under is 238.5
MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic looked up at the overhead screen and watched the video that paid tribute to his seven seasons with the Miami Heat, then waved to acknowledge the loud cheers from his former home crowd.
MIAMI (AP) — Kyrie Irving is finally going to play a home game for Brooklyn again on Sunday. And he apparently intends to play home games with the Nets for years to come.
Irving, speaking to reporters Saturday following Brooklyn’s game-day shootaround practice in Miami, said he feels comfortable being a member of the Nets and that he wants to remain teammates with Kevin Durant.
Brooklyn Nets (38-35, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (47-27, first in the Eastern Conference)
Miami; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Heat -1; over/under is 226.5
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor exempted athletes and performers — including Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving — from the city’s vaccine mandate Thursday, while keeping the rule in place for private and public workers who risk losing their jobs for refusing to get inoculated.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving can play home games now, so the Brooklyn Nets might be good enough to win the NBA championship.
Or they might be flawed enough to miss the playoffs entirely.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Desmond Bane scored 23 points, including nine straight as Memphis rebuilt its lead in the fourth quarter, and the Grizzlies beat Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets 132-120 on Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor will announce Thursday that he’s exempting athletes and performers from the city’s vaccine mandate for private workers, a move that will allow Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving to play home games and unvaccinated baseball players to take the field when their season begins.
NEW YORK (AP) — Already without Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons, the Brooklyn Nets were down another starter to illness and lost one to injury.
They still had Kevin Durant, and that was enough against Utah.
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker scored 28 points and the Phoenix Suns moved closer to wrapping up the NBA’s best regular-season record, routing the Chicago Bulls 129-102 on Friday night.
At a franchise-best 57-14 through 71 games, the Suns moved nine-games ahead of second-place Memphis with 11 games left.
NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Curry came back and some of the burden on Kevin Durant went away.
Durant scored 38 points, Curry returned to the lineup with seven 3-pointers in his best game as a Net, and Brooklyn rallied to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 128-123 on Friday night.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 51 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic 134-120 on Thursday night to end a four-game losing streak.
Bey tied the franchise record with 10 3-pointers in 14 attempts.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The cardboard cutouts are long gone. Same with all that phony, pumped-in stadium noise. For players, there's no more face masks in dugouts or clubhouses. Far less spitting into testing cups, too.
Dallas Mavericks (42-26, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (36-33, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Nets -1.5
Orlando, Fla. (AP) — Kyrie Irving made it two nights in a row with a 60-point scorer in the NBA.
A 41-point first half hadn't been seen in almost two decades.
“It just shows you we’re on our way to history,” Irving said.
Turns out, March has more madness than just college basketball.
The NBA is getting a taste as well.
Kyrie Irving’s 60-point barrage at Orlando on Tuesday night was the seventh 50-point effort in the league so far this month — with half of March remaining.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 60 points, most in the Nets’ NBA history, to lead Brooklyn to a 150-108 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
Irving shot 20 for 31, including 8 of 12 on 3-pointers, in 35 minutes.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kyrie Irving had 41 points at halftime Tuesday night for the Brooklyn Nets, the most by an NBA player in the first two quarters since Kobe Bryant in 2003.
Irving was 14 for 19 from the field, 6 for 7 from 3-point range and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line in 23 minutes as the Nets opened an 86-56 lead over the Orlando Magic in the biggest first half in franchise history.