Kyrie Irving scores 29, leads Nets to win against Jazz on first night of Kevin Durant’s mandatory COVID-19 quarantine

NEW YORK — When Kyrie Irving is good, he’s really good. And when he’s great, you get a performance like he put on against the Utah Jazz in Brooklyn’s 130-96 win on Tuesday night. Irving stood out against the stout Jazz defense, running up 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field. He made his first nine shots, outscoring the Jazz himself 18-7 early in the first quarter. It was as if Irving saw Stephen Curry’s 62-point game on Monday and — at least for a quarter, said: “Hold my drink.” The Nets needed this kind of performance from their star guard if they were going to stand a chance agains…

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