INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Kyrie Irving made his season debut, scoring 22 points and igniting a good attack from Brooklyn in the second half as the Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 129-121 on Wednesday night.
Kevin Durant added 39 points for the Nets on a night Irving finally appeared.
Irving cannot play at home, as he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, as required by New York City authorities. The Nets had decided they wouldn’t just use it for road games.
However, they changed their minds last month. At least Wednesday, they welcomed the decision, as Irving helped them reverse a 19-point deficit.
The point guard played 32 minutes and Brooklyn snapped a three-game losing streak.
Domantas Sabonis had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Pacers, who have lost six in a row. Lance Stephenson, who had completed two previous stints in Indiana, scored 30 points in his first home game with the Pacers, who signed him for 10 days.