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NBA: Kyrie Irving scores 29, Nets stop depleted Raptors

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets drives the net during the second half of their NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on November 23, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Kyrie Irving scored 19 of his 29 points in the third quarter as the up-and-coming Brooklyn Nets beat the injury-hit Toronto Raptors 112-98 on Wednesday night.

Royce O’Neal added 15 points and seven assists for the Nets, who were coming off a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday after two consecutive wins.

Nick Claxton had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots for Brooklyn. Kevin Durant added 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks while Ben Simmons contributed 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points for the Raptors, who have lost two in a row. OG Anunoby added 15 points, Chris Boucher had 12 points and 16 rebounds but shot just 2-for-15 from the field. Thaddeus Young had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Juancho Hernangomez had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Jeff Doutin Jr. chipped in with 10 points.

After outscoring Toronto 39–25 in the third quarter, Brooklyn took a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter.

O’Neal’s 3-pointer cut Brooklyn’s lead to 19 points with 9:33 to play in the fourth quarter. Irving hit a 3-pointer with 4:42 to play to increase the margin to 20 points.

Brooklyn led 38–26 after one quarter and led by as many as 15 points.

Toronto’s first 13 points of the second quarter were scored by Young’s layup to take a one-point lead with 9:03 remaining. Brooklyn went up by seven, capped by a pair of Edmund Sumner layups. Toronto scored the last six points of the first half, capped off by two free throws from Trent that cut the lead to 52–51.

Trent had 14 points in the first half and Anunobi had 13. Durant and O’Neal each had nine points for Brooklyn.

Brooklyn used a 10–0 run capped off by a Simmons dunk to take a 13-point lead with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter. The lead went up to 17 with 5:24 remaining on Claxton’s dunk. After Young finished the third quarter scoring with a layup, Brooklyn went ahead 91–76.

Toronto was without Scotty Barnes (sprained knee), Fred VanVleet (illness), Dalano Banton (sprained ankle), Pascal Siakam (adductor strain), Precious Achiuva (sprained ankle) and Otto Porter Jr. (broken toe) .

Brooklyn was without Seth Curry (ankle injury management), TJ Warren (ankle) and Yuta Watanabe (tight hamstring).

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