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The Brooklyn Nets fell 127-126 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime of Wednesday's 2019-20 season opener at Barclays Center. >> Box Score

Six things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) Kyrie Irving's homecoming to the Nets, the team he grew up rooting for while the franchise was in New Jersey, was historic. With 50 points on 17-of-33 shooting, Irving set the Nets' -- and the NBA's -- single-game record for scoring in a player's debut. Irving added a 7-of-14 clip from three-point range, plus seven assists and eight rebounds, for the Nets' offense in what was an all-around effort. Perhaps most notable, Irving did not turn the ball over once. Despite a facial fracture that handicapped him throughout the preseason, Irving did not wear a mask as he made his season debut. 

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With the regular season set to start for the Nets on Wednesday night against the Timberwolves, Kyrie Irving is ready to embrace the year with his new teammates and group together there experiences on the court into a shared leadership role.

"I think that we all share a certain responsibility in the leadership here," Irving said. "I think that some of my past experiences, there could be a sense of alienation when you think about someone naming you as just the leader of the team and falling all in your court."

"I want to share those responsibilities with those guys--obviously we have different roles, that every single night there's a consistency that you have to live up to, and your game. But overall, there shouldn't be a different communication that I have with [Duzanan] Musa or Caris [LeVert] just because I am a nine-year vet, or anything like that."

Tags: Allen Crabbe, Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell, DeMarre Carroll, Dzanan Musa, Ed Davis, Jared Dudley, Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Taurean Prince
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Apr 20, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson and guard Caris LeVert (22) react during the second half time out against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 20, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson and guard Caris LeVert (22) react during the second half time out against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Nets saw their trip to China as a bonding experience and didn't want to discuss the off-court issues between the NBA and one of its biggest foreign markets.

"In four years here, I've never commented on a political issue or a social issue. I'm just going to continue that way," head coach Kenny Atkinson said Wednesday. "I would love to keep it to our Nets and the on-court stuff, anything you want to know about how we played, our rotations, our pick-and-roll defense, I'd be more than willing to answer that."

The Nets and Lakers were in the middle of a tense geopolitical storm during their stay in China. It started, as you know, with a tweet from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressing support Hong Kong demonstrators protesting a number of issues related to China.

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Feb 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Lebron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warrior (35) handles the ball against Team Lebron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics (11) during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Lebron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warrior (35) handles the ball against Team Lebron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics (11) during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

Relatively quiet since he signed his four-year deal with the Nets in July and rehabs from an Achilles injury, Kevin Durant broke his silence Friday when he went on Chris Henderson's YouTube for a live interview.

In the 45-minute discussion with the self-proclaimed sneakerhead and game, who interviews athletes and celebrities about sneakers and videogames, Durant shed light on what he thinks of the Nets as his next chapter approaches.

Asked about Brooklyn, which will have to begin the 2019-20 season without the 10-time All-Star and four-time scoring champ, Durant was optimistic when he spoke of his new supporting cast.

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Caris LeVert
Caris LeVert

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Caris LeVert's extension leaves the Nets with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and LeVert all under contract through the 2020-21 season. That's a strong group to build around -- and one that doesn't even include Jarrett Allen, who can sign an extension with Brooklyn next summer.

But the Nets' core group is also an expensive one. And the LeVert extension -- which was necessary for Brooklyn -- leaves the club with a little less flexibility in future offseasons.

Tags: Caris LeVert, Dzanan Musa, Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie, Ian Begley
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Nets SG Joe Harris' sharp-shooting will be put to the test during All-Star Weekend, as he will represent Brooklyn in the MTN DEW 3-Point Contest on Feb. 16. 

The contest expands to 10 players this year, and Harris will be going up against some of the best pure shooters in the game. Here is the field:

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