Kyrie Irving scores 50, but Nets fall short vs. Timberwolves in electric debut

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Kyrie Irving scored 50 points on Wednesday, setting an NBA record for a player making his debut for a new team.

Unfortunately for the Brooklyn Nets, they needed 52 from their new point guard.

Irving’s last-second off-balance shot in overtime fell short as the Minnesota Timberwolves won a thriller in Brooklyn, 127-126.

Irving finished the night with 50 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but will have to wait to log his first victory in his new black uniform.

Kyrie Irving had a record-setting night in his Nets debut, but came up just short of the win column against the Timberwolves. (Andy Marlin/Reuters)
Kyrie Irving had a record-setting night in his Nets debut, but came up just short of the win column against the Timberwolves. (Andy Marlin/Reuters)

Monster night from Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns paced the Timberwolves with 36 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and three blocks while hitting seven 3-pointers as Minnesota rallied from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime and secure the win.

Andrew Wiggins logged 21 points and eight rebounds as six Minnesota players scored in double figures.

Irving stumbles on game-winning effort

Irving had a chance to win the game and set up an isolation play in the game’s final seconds. He fell to the ground as he attempted a spin move against Josh Okogie, but regained his balance and maintained possession of the ball.

He regathered near the free throw line in time to launch a desperate heave toward the bucket that bounced off the rim as time expired.

Irving’s 50-point effort breaks Kiki VanDeWeghe's mark for a player making his debut with a new team. VandDeWeghe scored 47 points in his debut with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1984.

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