NBA roundup: Irving shines as Nets blast Hawks

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Net's Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Hawk's John Collins (20)

Kyrie Irving scored 21 points in his first game in nearly two months as the Brooklyn Nets never trailed and cruised to a 108-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night in New York.

Irving returned from missing 26 games with right shoulder impingement. In his first game since Nov. 14 at Denver, the All-Star guard made 10 of 11 shots, hit his one 3-point try and had three assists in 20 minutes.

After getting 11 points by halftime, Irving went 5-for-5 from the floor in the third before checking out for the rest of the game. He rested over the final 17:54, exiting after the Nets took an 87-50 lead, and the outcome was never in doubt.

The Nets, who were 13-13 in Irving’s absence, led by as many as 39 and won their second straight game following a seven-game losing streak.

New York Knicks 124 – 121 Miami Heat

Taj Gibson’s free throw with 1:38 remaining put New York ahead for good, capping a comeback from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat Miami.

Knicks Power Forward Julius Randle (30) guarded by Heat’s Meyers Leonard (0) and Duncan Robinson (55)

Julius Randle scored a game-high 26 points to lead seven players in double figures for the Knicks, who snapped a five-game skid after outscoring the Heat 40-27 in the fourth quarter.

Jimmy Butler had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who have dropped two straight for their first losing streak of the season.

San Antonio Spurs 105 – 104 Toronto Raptors

DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points while the visiting San Antonio overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat Toronto.

Spurs Shooting Guard DeMar DeRozan (10) goes past Raptor’s Kyle Lowry (7) in NBA game

DeRozan, who has scored 20 points in 11 straight games, sank two free throws with nine seconds remaining for what proved to be the game-winning points after Marco Belinelli’s 3-pointer had given the Spurs the lead.

Kyle Lowry sank a 3-pointer with five seconds left to pull Toronto within a point. After San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge missed two free throws with four seconds showing, Toronto’s Pascal Siakam missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Other NBA results

Denver Nuggets 114 – 104 LA Clippers

Memphis Grizzlies 122 – 102 Golden State Warriors

Phoenix Suns 100 – 92 Charlotte Hornets

 

Chidi Nwoke.