Irving returns to help Nets beat Pacers

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Kevin Durant starred while Kyrie Irving sparked a big Brooklyn second-half rally in his NBA season debut as the Nets posted a 129-121 win over Indiana.

Durant had 39 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists as the Nets accounted for the Pacers.

Irving, who scored 22 points, is ineligible to play home games because he is not vaccinated as mandated in New York City, and the Nets had decided against allowing him to just play road games for most of the season.

But they changed their mind last month and were glad they did on Wednesday, when Irving helped them charge back from a 19-point deficit.

The point guard played 32 minutes as Brooklyn snapped a three-game losing streak.

Boomer Patty Mills had six points, three rebounds and five assists for the Nets during 35 minutes on court.

In Minnesota, young Australian prodigy Josh Giddey had another cracking game for Oklahoma but it was not enough to save the Thunder against the Timberwolves.

The hosts ground out a 98-90 win with Anthony Edwards scoring a game-high 22 points.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19 points) registered the highest tally for the Thunder while Giddey, who became the youngest player in NBA history with a triple-double in the Thunder's last game, had 14 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.

Dallas beat Golden State 99-82, Luka Doncic scoring 26 points as the Mavericks celebrated with a ceremony to retire Dirk Nowitzki's number by beating the Warriors.

The Mavericks knew the night belonged to their franchise icon and Nowitzki's No.41 wasn't going to the rafters until after they played the team with the NBA's best record coming in.

Dallas responded with their first four-game winning streak of the season in Doncic's third game back since a career-long, 10-game absence due to injury and a positive COVID-19 test.

Kelly Oubre Jr. hit a career-high nine of Charlotte's franchise-record 24 three pointers as the Hornets routed Detroit 140-111.

Oubre had eight three-pointers in the fourth quarter, tying an NBA record set by Milwaukee's Michael Redd in 2002. Oubre was eight of nine on threes in the fourth quarter before being subbed out with 4:08 left and the Hornets leading by 35.

Golden State's Klay Thompson holds the league record for three-pointers in a quarter with nine, that coming in the third quarter of a game in 2015.

San Antonio celebrated coach Gregg Popovich's 2,000th NBA game with the same team with a 99-97 win over the Boston Celtics.

In Orlando, Joel Embiid scored 31 points, Tobias Harris added 22 as Philadelphia beat the Magic 116-106.

The 76ers, who notched their NBA-best 14th road victory of the season, tied a season high with a fifth straight win overall.

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