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In soccer there are cases where the scorer gets more extensive credit than the scorer after a goal has been scored.
In the case of the three-pointer that Kyrie Irving scored tonight (between Friday and Saturday) in the victory of the Brooklyn Nets over the Toronto Raptors, Kevin Durant's part may be as significant as the act of shooting itself.
After the game that ended 116:119 for the Nets, KD said that in the last timeout coach Jacques Vaughn planned a move for him, but the forward replied that the ball should go to the center: "He was already hot, so I didn't want to disturb him. We continued to find him in the last minutes, He hit some big shots and I just said, 'Jacques, I think it should be Kay's this time.'"
Durant explained that one of his considerations was the assignment of Fred VanVleet as Irving's guard: "It's not that he's a bad guard, but they're the same height, there wasn't anyone taller than him so I felt he could get to any shot he wanted, and that they wouldn't double guard him because he was Break it. So I let him play one-on-one, and it was a special shot."
The biggest move of Kyrie's career was of course the 3-pointer in the closing seconds of Game 7 of the 2016 Finals series, which ended his championship with Cleveland, but tonight's game-winning basket was the first one he made right at the buzzer in his entire career: "It comes from the trust that we build here," the guard explained , who led the Brooklyn scorers with 32 points en route to a fifth consecutive victory, and also provided an assist for Yuta Watanabe's critical 3-pointer that gave the Nets a 114:116 lead with about 15 seconds to go: "I just want to be great in these situations. I failed more than I succeeded. You can say a lot about My mistakes with shots like that in the past, but when you go up and hit one, those are the shots you want to remember."
continues to amaze even in his 20th season.
LeBron James (Photo: Reuters)
Even on the purple-gold side of Los Angeles there is contentment this morning, along with a certain sense of relief.
The Lakers did convincingly beat the Denver Nuggets at home, but also saw Anthony Davis miss the entire second half after landing badly on his right foot.
According to an initial report in ESPN, the team estimates that this is not a serious injury, but AD will in any case undergo an MRI to diagnose the problem.
LeBron James is in a great time, and two weeks before his 38th birthday, he's making the world turn heads with moves that no one expects to see from a player in his 20th year of his career.
But it's not just the resounding dunk that conquered the highlights charts and social networks: "The King" became the oldest player to score 30 or more in three consecutive games since Michael Jordan in January 2002, and also passed Hakeem Oljawan en route to ninth place on the league's all-time steals list the best in the world
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Russell Westbrook also made a little history last night: the veteran center became the first in the history of the Lakers to record a triple-double as a bench player more than once in a season, after scoring 15 points, giving 12 assists and pulling down 11 rebounds in the victory over the Nuggets: "I try to do everything I can to To make the others around me better. Whatever they ask of me, I will do. That's why I play basketball, to see the others succeed," Westbrook said after the game, also referring to the contribution of Thomas Bryant (21 points and 6 rebounds off the bench).
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