NEW YORK – – Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half, leading the understaffed Brooklyn Nets to a 130-96 win over Utah Jazz on Tuesday night

Brooklyn, which came into the game after two straight losses and four out of five, never stuck The Nets led 35-14 after the first quarter and 63-44 at halftime Brooklyn’s 19-point lead at halftime was its largest since about 10 months ago in the Nets 139-120 win over San Antonio on March 6, 2020, they had a 21 point (75-54) lead at halftime

Irving was a major factor in attacking the nets in the first half, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and 20 points at halftime.Irving’s 18 points in the first quarter were the third highest points a player on a team scored in an opening quarter of this season His 20 points in the first half were the fifth time this season that he had that many in a first half

“(Irving will) score,” said Bruce Brown “He was hot Kyrie just went crazy today”

Allen credited a change in his pregame meal from pasta with pesto sauce to pasta with alfredo sauce for his high point and rebound season

“I think that was what got my game turned on tonight,” Allen said with a grin

LeVert came off the bench and scored 24 points from the bench Joe Harris threw in 10 points

The nets didn’t let up in the second half as they drove to their fourth win in eight games this season, a sequence in the 1:34 final of the third quarter almost cleared the game away.It started with an Allen alley-oop dunk by a feed from LeVert, followed by a jumper from LeVert, an outlier for the sixth man of the Nets, and Brooklyn’s young tall man who hit the summer beating putback on that stretch, Brooklyn built its lead from 92-70 to 98- 73 from

Donovan Mitchell led Utah (4-3) with 31 points Jordan Clarkson added 12 and Rudy Gobert and Royce O’Neale each had 10 for the jazz, whose steak was won with two wins

“We’re not ready for their pressure to come out,” said Mitchell. “We just haven’t done a lot right. We need to figure out who we want to be”

NETS: Brooklyn came into play with short hands and missed Spencer Dinwiddie (reconstructive surgery of the anterior cruciate ligament on the right knee) and Kevin Durant (quarantine after contact with a positive COVID-19 test)

Tuesday night’s game was the first of four games for Brooklyn that week The Nets receive Philadelphia on Thursday and Oklahoma City on Sunday, and travel to Memphis on Friday Before the game, first year coach Steve Nash said, “The length of the quarantine is kind of a moving target,” Nash added that he didn’t believe Durant was Could take part in “Activities in the Square” this week

Durant, who was replaced by Taurean Prince on the grid, averages 282 points, leading the nets and fifth in the NBA.He also averaged seven rebounds and 48 assists and had six of the before Tuesday night Played first seven games in Brooklyn after suffering no recovery from a broken right Achilles tendon in 2019-20

JAZZ: Considering a report from ESPN that seven seven members of the Los Angeles Clippers support team are being quarantined for a positive COVID-19 test after Jazz’s 106-100 win on New Years Day in Utah Quin Snyder expects outbreaks of the virus to challenge all teams in the league

“We’ve been through similar things and I’m sure everyone will do it sometime this season,” said Snyder, “Everyone’s in the same boat”

San Antonio Spurs (3-4, 11 in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (6-2, first in the Western Conference)

Dallas Mavericks (3-4, 10 in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (3-4, eighth in the Western Conference)

Minnesota Timberwolves (2-5, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3-4, ninth in the Western Conference)

Jazz versus Networks

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