Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving lead Nets past Hawks to become first team with 10-game winning streak this season

Another night, another win for the scorching Brooklyn Nets. This one wasn’t easy, as they had to come back from a 15-point deficit in the first half, but in the end they did just enough to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 108-107.

The Nets have now won 10 straight, which is the longest winning streak in the league this season and the longest in the franchise since moving to Brooklyn at the start of the 2012-13 season. The franchise record is 14 consecutive wins, which was achieved twice, in 2004 and 2006.

As usual, the Nets have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to thank for this result. Durant went for 26 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks; his 16 rebounds were two shy of his career high and are the most he has ever grabbed in a Nets uniform. Irving, meanwhile, led the way in the scoring department with 28 and had five rebounds and eight assists.

As they have so often done during this winning streak, Durant and Irving came to play in the fourth quarter. With Durant sitting down to start the frame, Irving took control. He scored eight points in an incredible 60 seconds and finished with 15 of his 28 points in fourth.

“It’s always fun [watching Irving get hot]”Said Durant. “So many people love what Kyrie brings to the table, but in the fourth quarter, it’s really his time. We sit down and let him go to work, and he’s been doing big hit after big hit. We’re just trying to feed off of his energy and make plays defensively as well. »

Durant then showed up to close the show. Twice in the final two minutes, the Hawks tied the game and had the crowd and the momentum on their side. On both occasions, Durant responded with icy sweaters to put the Nets back in front. The latter, who came with 1h06 to play, gave them the advantage for good.

Durant has been brilliant as usual all season, but he’s upped his game during the winning streak. He played in nine of 10 games and averaged 29.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists, while shooting 58.1% from the field and 44.7% from 3-sided. points. Same story for Irving, who has 29.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists on 51.8 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from 3-point range.

After a tumultuous start to the season, the Nets have come to terms with things on and off the court in recent weeks and now look like a real contender in the Eastern Conference. Thanks to their winning streak, they are 23-12 this season, which puts them just two games behind the first-place Boston Celtics.

“It looks pretty good, especially where we’ve come for the last two years,” Durant said. “Just an up and down vibe with our team for the past two years. It’s good to have some stability and win a few games along the way and have fun.”

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