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Ben Simmons, Nets beat Grizzlies in Kyrie Irving’s return

The Brooklyn Nets came back home from a four-game west coast road trip to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday and won 127-115.

Nets superstar Kevin Durant scored 26 points to continue his streak of games with at least 25 points while guard Ben Simmons showed off his all-around skill set with 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Kyrie Irving, back from a team-imposed suspension, scored 14 points.

Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks had 31 points on 30 shots and center Steven Adams had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Memphis was short-handed for this game as they were missing Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Jaren Jackson Jr.

This game was back-and-forth through three quarters as not much defense was played by either team. The Nets ran away with the game when they opened the fourth quarter with a 18-5 run that the Grizzlies couldn’t stop with Brooks as the only guy who could create his own shot. Nets center Nic Claxton missed Sunday’s game for personal reasons.

The Nets had a dazzling performance to pull away from the Memphis Grizzlies and here are the Nets player grades:

Kevin Durant: A

Durant had himself his usual game of being able to get to any spot that he wanted to. The former Golden State Warrior used his height to shoot over defenders like Dillon Brooks and John Konchar with ease. Durant did a little bit of everything tonight as he was active on the defensive end and swung the ball around until it found an open teammate ready to shoot.

Kyrie Irving: B

Irving did not have his usual offensive game as he seemed to be knocking off the rust from not playing for eight games. Irving took the shots that came to him and at some points, he was able to dance with the ball like he’s known for and use that to get to the basket. Irving had an efficient night shooting the ball, but you could tell that he was trying to ease his way back into things after his hiatus.

Ben Simmons: A+

It looks like Simmons is back. Not only was he pushing the pace like coach Jacque Vaughn wants him to do, but Simmons was also getting into it with some talking on the defensive end. Simmons was aggressive once again and it looked like he was…


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Author : Nets Wire

Publish date : 2022-11-21 12:06:18

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