The Brooklyn Nets survived in overtime to claim the win over the Detroit Pistons, pulling away in the extra period to take a 121-11 win.
Kyrie Irving, playing for the sixth time in the last seven games was immense, as he poured in 45 points on 15-for-30 shooting from the floor. Irving would also add six rebounds and seven assists in a monster performance from the six-time All-Star.
The game was sent to an extra period after Rose went the length of the floor with the time winding down to finish at the basket with 1.9 seconds left in regulation.
Remarkably, Rose has extended his streak of games with 20 plus points to 12, the longest such streak in his career.
D-Rose CLUTCH to send us to OT!#PistonsNow powered by @RocketFiber pic.twitter.com/G7NaA3nH80- Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January 26, 2020
Coming into the night, Rose was averaging 18.6 points and 6.0 assists per game in just 26 mintes per appearance. The scoring average is the highest mark he has achieved since the 2011-12 season, highlighting the resurgence he has been able to make in Detroit.
Rose would finish with 27 points and six assists, but it was Irving who took the honours in this one.
KYRIE MY WORD pic.twitter.com/b1l4LxPWm7- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 26, 2020
With the Nets trailing 60-50 at the half, Irving took over, scoring 17 points in the period to completely flip the game, giving the Nets a 80-77 lead heading into the fourth.
After Rose's heroics to extend the game, Irving would add another four points in overtime, all from the free-throw line, as the game fizzled out to an anti-climactic ending.
It's been a tumultuous first season in Brooklyn for the 27-year-old, although when on the floor, his numbers are better than ever.
The elusive point guard was averaging a career-best 26.1 points per game before the 45-point outburst, as the Nets try to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
In many respects, this point guard battle felt like a throwback, but in reality, it's becoming the norm, as both guards piece together terrific seasons.
Time will tell if they will both make an appearance in the All-Star game next month, with the reserves set to be announced this coming Thursday.
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