USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down how talented the Pelicans roster is this season. USA TODAY

NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving was into his bag of tricks early in Brooklyn’s season opener against Minnesota. 

He had 12 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, five in the third, 13 in the fourth and by the time overtime concluded, Irving had dropped 50 on the Timberwolves.

But that impressive offensive performance – he also had eight rebounds and seven assists – came in a loss. Minnesota defeated Brooklyn 127-126. Irving’s shot at the overtime buzzer didn’t go in.

Still, what a great night for Irving, who set a franchise record

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