Nets Jazz: First game without Kevin Durant, team rallies for 130-96 win in

With Kevin Durant facing a seven-day quarantine due to a positive COVID test, the team found a way to pound the Utah Jazz. Nets-Jazz was the first of four games that Durant will miss. Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert, and Jarrett Allen had huge games as the Nets snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Main Headlines for the Nets Jazz

Irving led the Nets with 29 points and six rebounds, but Player of the Game honors did not go to him when you look at the stat sheet in Nets – Jazz. 

Jarrett Allen’s monster game

  • Allen finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds as he started with both Deandre Jordan playing in limited time and Durant out of the game. 
  • It was Allen’s third double-double of the season. 
  • Allen told reporters at the end of the game that he changed up his pregame meal, so that helped contribute to his in-game success. 

Massive First Quarter Lead

  • In Nets Jazz, Brooklyn never trailed and a lot of that had to do with their enormous first-quarter lead. 
  • The Nets led 35-14 after the first quarter, which helped contribute to a 63-44 halftime lead. 
  • Irving scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter. 

Brooklyn dominated the paint in Nets Jazz Game

  • The Nets scored 68 points in the paint compared to 40 from the Jazz. 
  • That was with Jordan playing only nine minutes. 
  • Shooting 55.8% from the field, Brooklyn essentially did whatever they wanted on the court against Utah. 

Nets-Jazz Game Analysis & Commentary

Brooklyn needed this game after falling to 3-4 when the team lost to the Washington Wizards. This brought the Nets back to .500 on the season. The team has a tough bout ahead of them with three more games without Durant, so starting this part of season 1-0 was a huge step in keeping the team in the middle of the standings. 

Disappointing performance from Taureen Prince

Prince started in place of Durant but it was not his best outing. He scored eight points in 20 minutes and recorded zero rebounds. Even though the Nets dominated the paint, Prince was in no man’s land. Luckily, LeVert picked up the slack by scoring 24 points in 21 minutes of play. 

Jazz capitalized on turnovers

The Jazz trailed by 34 points at one point, so it’s hard to knit pick the performance from the team. However, give the Jazz credit for taking advantage when the Nets turned the ball over. Despite finishing with 13 turnovers, the Jazz turned those into 27 points. It’s a good thing that Brooklyn did not commit that many turnovers in the game. 

Looking ahead after Nets-Jazz

The Nets do not play again until Thursday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia is coming off a 118-101 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Two members from Philly finished with double-doubles. Joel Embid had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Ben Simmons had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dwight Howard nearly joined the club with 13 points but had nine rebounds. 

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