Kevin Durant dazzles in Nets win, Kyrie Irving would be 'welcomed back' if NYC vaccine mandate lifted

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(CNN)Kevin Durant dazzled arsenic the Brooklyn Nets bushed the Atlanta Hawks 117-108 for their 3rd consecutive triumph connected Wednesday.

The 11-time NBA All-Star scored 32 points, adding 7 rebounds and 5 assists to proceed his fantabulous commencement to the season.

Currently fourth-highest scorer successful the NBA with 27.7 points-per-game, Durant's tally against the Hawks was the 575th 25-point crippled of his vocation -- ninth astir successful NBA past -- according to ESPN.

    Durant and the Nets indispensable present hole for a six-game roadworthy trip, not returning to New York until they invited the Golden State Warriors to Barclays Center connected November 16.

      There was a constituent successful clip wherever the imaginable of six consecutive games connected the roadworthy could person heralded the instrumentality of Kyrie Irving, who remains distant from the team.

      The Nets' seven-time All-Star defender -- successful airy of his determination not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 -- had initially lone been incapable to play location games arsenic per the New York vaccine mandate, though the Nets announced up of the play that Irving would not play oregon signifier with the squad until helium is eligible to beryllium a afloat participant.

      Currently, the New York mandate requires impervious of astatine slightest 1 changeable of the vaccine to participate ample indoor spaces, and past week, Nets proprietor Joseph Tsai admitted helium was uncertain erstwhile Irving would beryllium allowed to return.

      Kyrie Irving during a preseason crippled  against the Los Angeles Lakers successful  October.

      However, Nets caput manager Steve Nash said that Irving would beryllium "welcomed back" to the squad erstwhile asked astir a imaginable mandate alteration nether New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams -- whom CNN projects to decision Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa.

      "I mightiness beryllium speaking retired of turn, but I deliberation if the mandate changes, he'd beryllium welcomed backmost for sure," Nash said during Wednesday's pre-game media league with reporters.

      'We've conscionable got to support grinding'

      On court, Durant scored 15 of his 32 points during a decisive 3rd 4th that saw the Nets footwear into cogwheel pursuing a dilatory commencement -- roaring into beingness with a 20-4 tally that enactment them successful power of the game.

      Teammates Joe Harris and James Harden scored 18 and 16 respectively, portion De'Andre Hunter led the mode for the Hawks with 26 points.

      Durant dribbles arsenic  teammate Patty Mills looks connected  during the 2nd  fractional  against the Hawks.

      The Nets' tentative opening earlier kicking into cogwheel has mirrored their play truthful far. Having initially stumbled to a 2-3 grounds with alternating losses and wins, the Nets are connected a three-game streak with broad victories implicit the Indiana Pacers and the freefalling Detroit Pistons earlier Wednesday's win.

      "I deliberation we conscionable needed immoderate experience," Durant told reporters aft the game. "Seeing what line-ups enactment -- what players enactment -- and you request to play games to recognize that.

        "We knew it was going to beryllium a process for us. I'm gladsome we were capable to fig immoderate worldly retired the past fewer games and get backmost connected the close page.

        "We cognize it's going to beryllium tougher connected the roadworthy but we've conscionable got to support grinding," helium added.

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