MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota show continued, a day after rudimentary emotions from a policeman shot and killed a local black man too strong to play.
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Durant scored 31 points by shooting 11 to 15 in his best performance in 2 and a half months, as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-97 on Tuesday afternoon.
Durant, who missed 23 games with a strained hamstring until coming back last week, said: “I feel like the wind and my feet are rising minute by minute.
The match was rescheduled from the previous night, for reasons of community sensitivity following the death of the 20-year-old when stopping the car. Daunte Wright. The players of both teams wore black boots that read “With freedom and justice for all”, along with the last two capital letters for further emphasis and a moment of silence before the capture. head.
“All we can do is stay here for each other physically, trying to understand what the boys are going through,” added D’Angelo Russell, the Timberwolves’ protector. I encourage people to go out there and do what you can to make things better, not just talk about it. ”
Anthony Edwards had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who played without the Karl-Anthony Towns during the one-year celebration of his mother’s death of COVID-19 complications. Towns choose to sit out and spend time with their families.
Joe Harris scored 23 points for the Nets, who made 31 assists in 46 shots on goal. Without James Harden (hamstring strain), Kyrie Irving (personal reasons) and LaMarcus Aldridge (without COVID-19 disease), the Nets took the command from the jump and took 23 points ahead of the midpoint of the second half. They built the lead to 45 points by the beginning of the fourth quarter.
With Harden, Irving and Aldridge, Nash putting Chris Chiozza and Nicolas Claxton in the starting line-up for the first time, the 17th and 18th different players appear in the first five games for the Nets in just 54 games this season. They used 32 different combinations.
“I’m really proud of the boys. We have faced a lot of things this year, ”said coach Steve Nash.
Durant played 27 minutes and had the highest total score since January 31.
“We’re trying to get that balance back, and at least he had a good game and had a few minutes of stability,” Nash said.
The Nets are reluctant to play Durant in resistance matches, so postponement will force them to make a decision on his status for Wednesday in front of the Philadelphia East Conference co-leader. Chasing the # 1 seed for the knockout rounds may not be as important as keeping their star fresh.
“I wanted to play just to get back to everything, rather than pinpoint the match. We want to keep people healthy and adapt to what we’re doing out there, and I think that’s more important than turning the calendar around, ”says Durant.
Harden won’t be ready to play the Sixers. Nash had no updates on Irving’s condition.
JUST A GAME
Some Timberwolves players have been frank on national equality issues over the past year, with George Floyd’s death literally hitting home – about three miles from the Target Center. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer, who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, took place about eight blocks from the gym.
“I can’t imagine what it would be like to be an African-American parent, a African-American parent,” Nash said. “It’s unacceptable, and it’s cruel to put yourself in their shoes.”
“When nothing changes and the same happens, that’s the part I think it’s the hardest part,” said Josh Okogie, the Timberwolves defender.
The Timberwolves have also carried the burden of losing one of their biggest fans, Jackie Cruz-Towns, mother of their star hub, who passed away at the age of 58 last year. She fought COVID-19 for over a month.
EMPTY ARENA, BACK
With the rescheduling of afternoon date and time, the game was played with the gates closed. The Timberwolves have only two games at home in front of fans, with a 3,000-player capacity allowance starting April 5 as part of the state easing of some COVID-19 restrictions.
Nets: Chiozza injured his right hand in the first half and did not return. He had four points and five assists in 14 minutes. … DeAndre Jordan, who has performed well in the last 5 matches, has 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Timberwolves: Russell scored 15 points in 20 minutes against his former side. … Naz Reid starts for the 14th time this season in place of Town. He got two points in 16 minutes.
Nets: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday. They split the first two games with the Sixers.
Timberwolves: Hosted Milwaukee on Wednesday and ended the match with Miami on Friday.
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