Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving made his season debut in Wednesday's 129-121 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Irving, who finished with 22 points, didn't hesitate from the start and took the first shot of the game for Brooklyn. Nets head coach Steve Nash said afterward that it was planned, calling it a "welcome-back gift."
Despite initially refusing to allow him to participate as a part-time player, Brooklyn welcomed Irving back a couple of weeks ago to play in road games. He remains unable to play in home contests because of New York City's vaccine mandate. Soon after rejoining the Nets, Irving was placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols.
Brooklyn overcame a 19-point deficit in Wednesday's victory. Star forward Kevin Durant led the team with 39 points on 15-of-24 shooting.