Duke basketball sharpshooter wastes no time making impact

Former Duke basketball sharpshooter Seth Curry (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Duke basketball sharpshooter Seth Curry (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Brooklyn Nets debut of a former Duke basketball guard was a memorable one. 

It has been a confusing and stressful season for the Brooklyn Nets (30-27), but a former Duke basketball guard might be the spark the NBA Championship contenders are looking for.

Seth Curry, acquired in the blockbuster James Harden and Ben Simmons trade, made his debut for his new team on Monday night and left quite the first impression.

Curry, sporting his No. 30 jersey, dropped a team-high 23 points as he was immediately inserted into the starting lineup.

Brooklyn did not have Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, or Ben Simmons available last night as the former and later recover from injuries and Irving is still unable to play in home games.

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The former Blue Devil added seven rebounds and five assists to his stat line as he shot 10-of-18 from the field and 3-of-8 from 3-point range in the Nets’ 109-85 victory over the Sacramento Kings (22-37).

The win snapped an 11-game losing streak for Brooklyn.

Seth Curry was not eligible to play in the previous two games since joining the Nets, losses to Washington and Miami.

Curry was on pace to have the best season of his career in Philadelphia as he was averaging 15.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.0 assists on 48.5-percent shooting from the floor, 40.0-percent from 3-point range, and 87.7-percent from the free throw line.

Brother of Duke basketball standout recognizes debut performance

Steph Curry, the brother of Seth Curry, also took notice of his debut on Monday night, specifically the uniform number of the younger brother.

Both Curry’s now sport the No. 30, just like they did in college.

It still remains unclear when the Nets will have Durant, Irving, and Simmons available, but the former Blue Devil will look to lead the way until any member of the trio is able to take the floor.

Brooklyn will face its crosstown rival New York Knicks (25-33) on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN) at Madison Square Garden.

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