NEW YORK, NEW YORK – 30 DECEMBER: Kevin Durant # 7 high-fives Kyrie Irving # 11 of the Brooklyn Nets [] during the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at the Barclays Center on December 30th December 2020 in the New York City borough of Brooklyn NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, they are agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement (Photo by Sarah Stier / Getty Images )

This time it was Durant who chased his new teammate and best friend Kyrie Irving on the sidelines

After Irving committed a foul in the middle of the fourth quarter, the two paced back and forth

It was in no way heated, but it appeared that Durant was challenging Irving to improve his game

Irving must have taken Durant’s words to heart because the outcome of their conversation was very positive for the Brooklyn Nets

After being pitted by Trae Young for three-quarters, Irving rose to opportunity in the fourth, pouring 17 points. Durant added 16 of his own in the closing stages, and the nets fought all in one at the Barclays Center Wednesday night wild game against the strong Atlanta Hawks (145-141)

Durant flirted with a triple-double, scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Irving only had eight points in 3v16 in fourth place. He finished the 10v27 with 25 points

Bad luck has already struck, and Spencer Dinwiddie is almost certain to miss the rest of the season after a partial ACL rupture.The Nets have also lost their last two games – including the loss on Monday when Durant and Irving both fell out over one Injury management rested

The Hawks turned out to be very formidable opponents when Young challenged Brooklyn with his foul-pulling ability, finishing the game with 30 points and 11 assists while going 14 on 16 on the free-throw strip, while Atlanta dominated deep down and outperformed The Nets 54-40 Brooklyn failed to stop until the end when Steve Nash and Jacque Vaughn made the adjustment to put taller defender Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot on Young in the final 5:30, Young went 2v5 with two turnovers

TLC wasn’t a factor on offense, but he was the unsung hero on defense who took the opportunity and helped contain one of the NBA’s top scorers on track, and the Nets chose him instead of Dinwiddie to start, and he played with confidence again. It’s losing his place

De’Andre Hunter and Irving were hit with double technical details at the end of the fourth round.A bit of hostility never hurt.The two teams will meet again in Brooklyn on Friday – as a result of intelligent pandemic planning – and that’s a good thing is like some sort of mini-playoff series. A best-of-seven series between the two in a couple of months seems very tempting – if you like defense optional and lots of scoring

The Nets Have A Lot To Find Out On D John Collins and Young bonded their shifting scheme to unable to end possessions by securing the ball Still, the difference was exactly what Joe Tsai was in for last summer The Free Agency has paid Put the stone in the hands of Durant and Irving, get out of the way and watch the magic

So far, both are happy and healthy. And when Durant challenged Irving for the first time, his new teammate and best friend reacted positively. The result was an unstoppable point guard. Even better, a win

I’ve been reporting on New York sports since 2010 as a Beat reporter and columnist for various outlets such as ESPN, Yahoo Sports, and the New York Daily News


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