Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has a knack for shocking the basketball world with some of his sweet handles that lead to an easy buck or assist, but on Monday he did something no one saw coming: a one-handed jab. .
The play occurred in the second quarter with about 9 minutes remaining against the San Antonio Spurs. Yuta Watanabe missed a jumper at the free throw line and Irving streaked into the lane out of control and dunked the ball with authority.
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Nic Claxton and the rest of the Nets reserves exploded off the bench when the superstar point guard started as his teammates.
The basketball world was just as shocked as the rest of the Nets players.
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Brooklyn won the game 139-103 for the 12th straight. Irving finished the game with 27 points and eight rebounds.
Irving and the Nets entered the game Monday with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference despite a rocky start that began with the firing of Steve Nash and the appointment of Jacque Vaughn as his replacement. Irving was then suspended for tweeting a link to a film that spread anti-Semitic disinformation.
In 26 games, Irving has averaged 26.2 points, 5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
Brooklyn has navigated controversial waters to post a 24-12 record before the end of 2022.
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The Spurs entered the game with a 12-24 record.