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Kyrie Irving scores 60 points as Nets beat Orlando Magic



Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 60 points in a 150-108 win against the Orlando Magic.


Irving matched Minnesota All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns for most points in a single NBA game this season. Towns had 60 points Monday night at San Antonio.


"It felt good," Irving said of his performance postgame. "When you can get 60 (points) in the flow of a game and it doesn't seem forced and you're not putting up a few too many bad shots and you come to the bench and guys are supporting you, telling you to go after the record, that makes basketball well worth it."


Irving had 41 points in the first half. Tuesday's game marks the second time in his last three games that Irving has scored 50 or more.


He was 20-for-31 from the field. Irving also made 8 of 12 from the 3-point range and was 12-of-13 from the free-throw line in 35 minutes. He had six rebounds, four assists, four steals and only one turnover against the Magic (18-52).


Irving did not play in Sunday's win over the Knicks because COVID-19 vaccination rules still prevent him from playing in New York and he is not vaccinated. Kevin Durant had 53 points in that game, giving Brooklyn a 50-point scorer in three of its last four games.


"As you see across the league, guys are putting up crazy numbers," Irving said. "But when you have two guys on the same team competing like that — friendly competition, brotherly competition — of course we talk about it. But we really just want to be savants of this. We don't use that word lightly. We take the game seriously."


The Nets (36-33) have won four straight after a four-game losing streak.

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