Kyrie Irving's 50 points set NBA record in debut with new team
NBA.com Global on Oct 25, 2019 06:43 AM
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) celebrates after scoring during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in New York. Irving had 50 points but the Nets fell to the Timberwolves in overtime, 127-126. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NBA.com staff report
As far as new first impressions go, Kyrie Irving's tops them all.
The All-NBA point guard, acquired in free agency during a hectic NBA offseason, scored 50 points in his debut with the Brooklyn Nets. Irving's effort sets a new league record for most points scored in a debut with a new team.
Irving did it with his trademark toolbox of dribble moves, contorting drives and physics-defying finishes. His between-the-legs, step-back 3-pointer put the Nets up by three with 1:16 remaining before the Timberwolves forced overtime.
The only disappointment in his otherwise spectacular showing was his last shot -- a spinning attempt that for degree-of-difficulty alone will earn plenty of play on highlight reels. The attempt itself, however, was off, allowing Minnesota to escape with the 127-126 win at Brooklyn.
Irving's 50-point special ushers in a new era for the Nets, whose admirable rebuilding job peaked this summer with the free agent additions of Irving and Kevin Durant. With the latter out due to a torn Achilles suffered in the 2019 Finals, Irving will lead the team throughout 2019-20. His first attempt at doing so carved out a place in the record books, where he is now tied for fourth all-time in most points scored in a season opener.