Nets cruise in Irv­ing’s re­turn

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

Kyrie Irv­ing scored 21 points in 20 min­utes of an easy re­turn from a two-month ab­sence with an in­jured right shoul­der, lead­ing the Nets to a 108-86 vic­tory over the Hawks on Sun­day in New York.

Irv­ing shot 10-for-11 from the field af­ter miss­ing 26 games with an im­pinge­ment. The shoul­der looked fine and his han­dle looked as good as ever while he drib­bled his way around a hope­less Hawks de­fense.

En­er­gized by his re­turn that still seemed a ways away just a week ago, the Nets led by 39 points and won their sec­ond straight af­ter drop­ping seven in a row.

Cam Red­dish scored 20 points for the Hawks, who were with­out high-scor­ing guard Trae Young be­cause of a left ham­string in­jury and lost their fourth straight.

Jazz win 9th straight: Bo­jan Bog­donovic scored 31 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 14 re­bounds and the Jazz beat the host Wiz­ards 127-116 for their ninth straight win.

The Jazz over­came a 15-point deficit in the third quar­ter to win for the the 14th time in 15 games. Jor­dan Clark­son added 17 of his 23 points in the sec­ond half for the Jazz.

Jazz scor­ing leader Dono­van Mitchell sat out be­cause of an ill­ness.

Bradley Beal scored 25 points for the Wiz­ards af­ter miss­ing five games with right leg sore­ness.

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