NETS 115 – CAVS 108
The Brooklyn Nets are moving on to the first round of the NBA Playoffs after holding on against the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-108 at Barclays Center, Tuesday. Brooklyn will face Boston in the first round of the playoffs beginning Sunday.
Kyrie Irving had a monster night for the Nets, leading Brooklyn in scoring with 34 points and 12 assists. Kevin Durant also had a double-double for Brooklyn, posting 25 points and 11 assists on the night.
Brooklyn jumped out to a 40-20 lead before having to hold on for dear life the rest of the way through. Darius Garland also had a huge night, leading the Cavs with 34 points to keep Cleveland in the ballgame.
Operating in his comfort zone 🎯 pic.twitter.com/8iNsEclpa3— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 13, 2022
After a toppsy-turvy season that featured Irving relegated to only road games for a large chunk of the season due to his lack of vaccination against COVID-19, as well as numerous injuries to starters like Kevin Durant, and the infamous James Harden experiment that ended in a trade with the 76ers, the Nets somehow found a way through it all to the postseason.
In the eyes of many, Brooklyn enters as a dangerous seventh seed. The Celtics did have a lot of success against Brooklyn however, going 3-1 in their four head-to-head matchups this season. The Nets are currently riding a five-game winning streak.
According to ESPN, “The Nets and the New York Liberty Foundation announced before a moment of silence that they were donating $50,000 to help those who were injured after at least 10 people were shot on a subway Tuesday. The shooting occurred at the subway stop closest to the Nets’ training facility.”