The Rundown: KD, Kyrie lead Nets to fourth straight win

Published December 13, 2022, 6:00 PMJC Ansis

The Nets leaned on their star duo to handle their business against the Wizards.


Mavericks 121, Thunder 114
Heat 87, Pacers 82
Nets 112, Wizards 100
Grizzlies 128, Hawks 103
Spurs 112, Cavaliers 111
Blazers 133, Timberwolves 112
Clippers 113, Celtics 93

What went down

Don't look now, but the Brooklyn Nets are slowly creeping up the Eastern Conference Standings.

The Nets beat the Wizards today for their fourth straight win. They are 8-1 in their last nine games and are now fourth in the East with a 16-12 record.

Without their starters in their previous game, Brooklyn looked like it was going to lose against the Hawks. But Cam Thomas stepped up big time to shoulder the load and carry the Nets to a W. This time against the Wizards, the stars were back.

The game was close in the first half, but the Nets surged in the second half, building a lead as high as 17.

Kevin Durant shot 65 percent from the floor en route to 30 points. He also had nine rebounds and six assists. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving fired 24 points, to go along with six boards, five dimes, and two swats.

Big-time baller

SGA has been ballin' for the Thunder this season. Against the Mavs, he dueled with Luka Doncic. Both stars went at each other, but it was Doncic and the Mavericks who came out with the win.

Luka Magic finished with 38 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.

By the numbers

The game between the Pacers and Heat was physical and full of grit. Both teams failed to score 90 points. It's been a while since we last saw a low-scoring game like this. The Pacers shot 35.4% from the field, while Heat was only slightly better at 38.6%.

What he said

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra didn't seem to mind the "throwback" feel of the game.

''Probably the two happiest guys in the organization would be Pat (Riley) and for sure myself. You want to have that toughness so you can find a way to win when the shots are not going down.''