Kyrie Irving shakes off rust as Nets rip shorthanded Raptors

TORONTO — For a change, the Nets didn’t overlook a shorthanded foe.

They overwhelmed them.

The Nets used withering defense and a third-quarter blitz Wednesday to beat the Raptors, 112-98, before a sellout crowd of 19,800 at Scotiabank Arena.

The Nets bounced back from Tuesday’s humiliation in Philadelphia, flying north a night later and holding Toronto to 35.6 percent overall and just 7 of 29 from deep.

How good was the defense? The Nets got just 12 points from Kevin Durant — but the 10 steals and 11 blocks had him happy in the locker room.

“We’re in the business for winning,” said Kyrie Irving, who poured in a game-high 29 points. “So we’ll take this one, especially after [Tuesday] night’s loss and the whole internet going up in an uproar in terms of how embarrassed we should be — which is true — and we just wanted to make sure we paid attention to detail. We came out and responded.”

Especially Irving. He had 26 points after the break, the highest-scoring second half of any Net this season. Irving had 19 in a third quarter that saw the Nets outscore Toronto 39-25 and blow the game open.

“Just being Kyrie,” Ben Simmons said. “That’s what we want him to do — just being himself to have that confidence to come out and take those shots and be who he is.”

Kyrie Irving, who scored 26 of his 29 points…

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