BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on November 20, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Amid both curiosity and controversy, Nets point guard Kyrie Irving made his return to the court following an eight game suspension for sharing links to a film that contained anti-Semitic information.

Irving plays 26 minutes and scored 14 points in his return, a game the Nets won 127-115. Kevin Durant led the way with 26 points and seven boards on 9-of-16 shooting, as the Nets won their second straight to improve to 8-9 on the season. Ben Simmons also had a monster night, hitting on 11-of-13 shots for 22 points, easily one of his best nights as a Net. Yuta Watanabe also had a major impact posting 16 points in 25 minutes off the bench.

In fact, it was Irving’s three-pointer with 10:17 to go in the third quarter that sparked Brooklyn’s comeback. After Kevin Durant hit a jumper and connected on a free-throw to put Brooklyn up 68-67, Irving nailed a layup to put the Nets up 70-67.

While Memphis would get close to retaking the lead on a number of occasions, Brooklyn would not trail again the rest of the night.

As for the controversy swirling around his suspension, Irving had apologized in a statement via Instagram following his suspension. In speaking with SNY’s Ian Begley, Irving again apologized for sharing the tweets.

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