Zach Lavigne scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 108-99 victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday night in the Nets’ first game after a change of training.
net announced Steve Nash was out earlier todaythen dropped to 2-6 with interim coach Jacques Vaughn in charge.
Kevin Durant scored 32 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, but Kyrie Irving scored just four in a 2-for-12 shot. He missed all six of his three-point attempts.
Demar DeRozan added 20 points and Ayo Dosunmo 17 points for the Bulls, who beat the Nets 31-19 in the last quarter. Royce O’Neill had a career high with 20 points and Nick Claxton had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Knights, who played without Ben Simmons for a second night in a row due to a left knee injury.
Irving did not speak to reporters after the game again on Tuesday as the nets decide how best to respond to the star’s fallout. Post a link to an anti-Semitic movie on social media.
Irving has defended himself and his right to publish everything he thinks after Saturday’s game, and general manager Sean Marks said the team did not want to make an extra “fuss” with Irving speaking again after Tuesday’s game.
“I think everybody knows he’s going to have to answer these questions at some point, and he hasn’t kind of shunned in the past,” Marks said. “But I think the last post-game meeting didn’t go well and we’re not trying to cover it up, I think that’s something that needs to be addressed, but let’s tackle it appropriately and in the right way.”
Marks said the Irving controversy was not the catalyst for the team that moved from Nash. But it is another headache for the team that suffers on the field and keeps the fans away from it. Some wore “Fight Anti-Semitism” T-shirts. Sitting on the field of the Nets’ win over Indiana on Monday.
“Look, that’s understandable. I’m totally sympathetic to what’s going on here,” Marks said. “I’m certainly not proud of the situation we find ourselves in, you know?” Irving, who deleted the Twitter post on Sunday, did not speak to the media after Monday’s game.
Marks said the organization is in discussions with the Anti-Defamation League for advice on the best course of action with Irving. Irving will continue to play in the meantime, but is not talking about at least one more game.
“At some point he’ll come here and do media work again, but I think at this point we don’t want to make any more fuss right now, more interaction with people,” Marks said. “Let’s let it boil slowly and let’s… I think let’s let cooler minds prevail. We need to get out and educate ourselves, educate the whole group and get some guidance, look for the experts, and one of them is definitely ADL.”
On TNT inside a file NBA On Tuesday night, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley both attacked Irving’s recent behaviour.
“I can’t believe we’re not talking about basketball – we’re talking about that idiot,” Barkley said. “When you are a guy who is as great at basketball as him, people will listen to what you have to say. I blame the NBA, it should have been stopped.”
“When you are a guy who is as great at basketball as him, people will listen to what you have to say. I blame the NBA, it should have been stopped.”
O’Neill added: “It pains me to sit here and talk about the things that divide us. We have to sit here and answer what this idiot did. I stand for the equality of all people.”
Elsewhere on Tuesday night, Jimmy Butler scored five points in a row late to give Miami the lead, Max Strauss topped all scorers with 24 and the Heat beat a Stephen Curry hat-trick to defeat Golden State.
Butler scored 23 points, including a three-point game with 1:48 left which put the Heat ahead. Pam Adebayo added 19 goals, Duncan Robinson scored 17, and Kyle Lowry scored 13 for Miami, which won coach Eric Spoelstra’s 52nd birthday. Curry scored 23 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for the Warriors, who fell for the third time in a row. They fell back to 3-5 0-4 down the road. Andrew Wiggins added 21 points, and Klay Thompson scored 19.
This was Curry’s tenth regular season of the Triple Threat. But that wasn’t enough, and a call that went Miami Road denied him the chance to tie the match with 1:39 left. Curry was injured by a butler while trying to use a triple pointer, with the Warriors dropping by three. Called an error, but overruled upon revision.
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