NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 28: Jalen Brunson #11 of the New York Knicks is fouled by Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets during the fourth quarter of the game at Barclays Center on January 28, 2023 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

The Battle of the Boroughs went the way of the Brooklyn Nets for the second time this season as Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 32 points in Brooklyn’s 122-115 victory.

Irving, who notched his sixth 30-point effort of the season, scored 21 of his points in the final 9-1/2 minutes of the ballgame. Irving’s domination of the contest started when he connected on a 26-foot jumper that gave Brooklyn a 10-point lead with 9:25 to go.

Even as the Knicks did everything in their power to get back in the contest, Irving was there for an answer.

Two minutes after his 26-footer gave Brooklyn a 10-point advantage, Irving hit another shot from down town to push the Nets up 104-90 with 7:25 to play.

Knicks superstar Jalen Brunson answered with six-consecutive points to cut the Nets lead down to eight points.

Irving quickly answered with a bucket through the lane to push the lead back to ten with 5:33 to go.

A couple minutes later after Quentin Grimes tipped a roller in to bring the Knicks back to within three, Seth Curry plunged the dagger into the Knicks chances with a three-pointer to push the lead back out to 6 with 2:45 to go.

Irving would later connect on two more long distance shots that pushed the Brooklyn lead out to 117-109.

The victory pumps the Nets up to 30 wins and a record of 30-19 on the year. The Knicks fall to 27-24.

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