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Irving scores 50 but misses last shot, Wolves top Nets in OT
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Kyrie Irving fell down and frantically rose up, nonetheless with a shot to save lots of his Nets debut.

Moments later he was again on the court docket, laying on his again in disbelief after falling simply brief in the highest-scoring first recreation for a crew in NBA historical past.

Irving scored 50 factors but misplaced his steadiness and missed a possible successful shot that allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to tug out a 127-126 victory over Brooklyn in additional time Wednesday night time.

Despite the loss, Irving mentioned the primary recreation in his new uniform felt unimaginable.

“It’s a great starting point,” he mentioned. “Obviously, you wanted to come out and get a win in front of our home crowd, but we got another chance on Friday.”

Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 factors and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins completed with 21 factors, together with the go-ahead basket with 1:19 remaining.

Following a Nets timeout, Irving had the ball in his fingers with an opportunity to cap his dazzling debut with a victory. He ran the clock down after which started his drive, but went down after spinning close to the foul line. He retained his dribble, acquired up and shot, but his jumper missed. He then fell again onto the court docket, fingers on his head.

After signing with the Nets through the summer time, Irving broke Kiki Vandeweghe’s file for many factors by a participant in his first recreation with a crew. Vandeweghe scored 47 for Portland at Kansas City on Oct. 27, 1984.

Irving completed with eight rebounds and 7 assists. Caris LeVert added 20 factors.

Irving signed together with Kevin Durant in July, wanting to return again house after rising up in New Jersey. He needed to pause throughout his remarks to the group earlier than the sport but had no bother holding his composure — but finally not his footing — as soon as it began, making seven 3-pointers because the Nets tried desperately to win a season opener for the primary time in seven years.

But Brooklyn did not have many solutions for Towns, who additionally made seven 3s. Then in OT it was Wiggins, who shot solely 10 for 27 but made two straight baskets after the Nets took a 124-123 lead.

Irving sandwiched two 3-pointers round three free throws in simply over a minute late in regulation, and with the sport tied discovered a slicing Jarrett Allen in the lane. Allen was fouled but missed each free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining, and the sport went to additional time when Wiggins missed an extended jumper on the buzzer.

“This is a special group where very rarely this happens in the NBA,” Towns mentioned. “Everyone in this locker room is here for one goal. That’s to win.”

Early on it was all Minnesota because it began its first full season beneath coach Ryan Saunders. The Wolves led 20-19 in the primary quarter earlier than breaking it open with an 18-Three run that lasted into the second and expanded their result in 38-22. It would enhance to 46-28 and Minnesota took a 68-56 benefit into halftime.

But the Nets outscored the Wolves 37-20 in the third and it was shut from there.

“It was eventful,” Saunders mentioned. “You’re kind of lost for words.”

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Jarrett Culver, the No. 6 general decide from NCAA runner-up Texas Tech, had 4 factors. His dad and mom and grandmother had been on the recreation. … Minnesota has gained the last 4 conferences.

Nets: Durant, recovering from Achilles tendon surgical procedure, was the primary participant introduced when the Nets launched the complete roster earlier than the sport. He walked onto the court docket and finally joined his teammates to observe from the bench. … Brooklyn has misplaced seven straight season openers. … The Nets signed Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, a former first-round decide, to a two-way contract.

Kyrie Irving fell down and frantically rose up, nonetheless with a shot to save lots of his Nets debut.

Moments later he was again on the court docket, laying on his again in disbelief after falling simply brief in the highest-scoring first recreation for a crew in NBA historical past.

Irving scored 50 factors but misplaced his steadiness and missed a possible successful shot that allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to tug out a 127-126 victory over Brooklyn in additional time Wednesday night time.

Despite the loss, Irving mentioned the primary recreation in his new uniform felt unimaginable.

“It’s a great starting point,” he mentioned. “Obviously, you wanted to come out and get a win in front of our home crowd, but we got another chance on Friday.”

Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 factors and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins completed with 21 factors, together with the go-ahead basket with 1:19 remaining.

Following a Nets timeout, Irving had the ball in his fingers with an opportunity to cap his dazzling debut with a victory. He ran the clock down after which started his drive, but went down after spinning close to the foul line. He retained his dribble, acquired up and shot, but his jumper missed. He then fell again onto the court docket, fingers on his head.

After signing with the Nets through the summer time, Irving broke Kiki Vandeweghe’s file for many factors by a participant in his first recreation with a crew. Vandeweghe scored 47 for Portland at Kansas City on Oct. 27, 1984.

Irving completed with eight rebounds and 7 assists. Caris LeVert added 20 factors.

Irving signed together with Kevin Durant in July, wanting to return again house after rising up in New Jersey. He needed to pause throughout his remarks to the group earlier than the sport but had no bother holding his composure — but finally not his footing — as soon as it began, making seven 3-pointers because the Nets tried desperately to win a season opener for the primary time in seven years.

But Brooklyn did not have many solutions for Towns, who additionally made seven 3s. Then in OT it was Wiggins, who shot solely 10 for 27 but made two straight baskets after the Nets took a 124-123 lead.

Irving sandwiched two 3-pointers round three free throws in simply over a minute late in regulation, and with the sport tied discovered a slicing Jarrett Allen in the lane. Allen was fouled but missed each free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining, and the sport went to additional time when Wiggins missed an extended jumper on the buzzer.

“This is a special group where very rarely this happens in the NBA,” Towns mentioned. “Everyone in this locker room is here for one goal. That’s to win.”

Early on it was all Minnesota because it began its first full season beneath coach Ryan Saunders. The Wolves led 20-19 in the primary quarter earlier than breaking it open with an 18-Three run that lasted into the second and expanded their result in 38-22. It would enhance to 46-28 and Minnesota took a 68-56 benefit into halftime.

But the Nets outscored the Wolves 37-20 in the third and it was shut from there.

“It was eventful,” Saunders mentioned. “You’re kind of lost for words.”

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Jarrett Culver, the No. 6 general decide from NCAA runner-up Texas Tech, had 4 factors. His dad and mom and grandmother had been on the recreation. … Minnesota has gained the last 4 conferences.

Nets: Durant, recovering from Achilles tendon surgical procedure, was the primary participant introduced when the Nets launched the complete roster earlier than the sport. He walked onto the court docket and finally joined his teammates to observe from the bench. … Brooklyn has misplaced seven straight season openers. … The Nets signed Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, a former first-round decide, to a two-way contract.

OPENING NIGHT EMOTIONS

Irving spoke to the group from the court docket earlier than the sport and briefly needed to cease his speech when it appeared he was getting choked up.

“It just hit me before the game,” Irving mentioned. “I wasn’t trying to get too emotional or anything like that, but I’m just a Jersey kid playing for his home team. There’s nothing like it. This has been brewing since I was in fourth grade.”

SLEEPING IN

The Wolves opted towards holding a morning shootaround. Saunders mentioned the crew will at occasions look to get gamers further relaxation whereas on the street.

“I’ll use the word fluid and say that it’ll be a game-by-game decision and see how these guys feel,” he mentioned. “Obviously we’re a team that looks at analytics and looks at data and looks at numbers. We want to make sure we take care of our players and these players especially, the pace we were able to play at in preseason, we want to make sure these guys are rested.”

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: At Charlotte on Friday night time.

Nets: Host New York on Friday night time.

Irving spoke to the group from the court docket earlier than the sport and briefly needed to cease his speech when it appeared he was getting choked up.

“It just hit me before the game,” Irving mentioned. “I wasn’t trying to get too emotional or anything like that, but I’m just a Jersey kid playing for his home team. There’s nothing like it. This has been brewing since I was in fourth grade.”

SLEEPING IN

The Wolves opted towards holding a morning shootaround. Saunders mentioned the crew will at occasions look to get gamers further relaxation whereas on the street.

“I’ll use the word fluid and say that it’ll be a game-by-game decision and see how these guys feel,” he mentioned. “Obviously we’re a team that looks at analytics and looks at data and looks at numbers. We want to make sure we take care of our players and these players especially, the pace we were able to play at in preseason, we want to make sure these guys are rested.”

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: At Charlotte on Friday night time.

Nets: Host New York on Friday night time.

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