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Sport Durant scores 31 as Nets hold on to beat shorthanded Heat

08:20  24 january  2021
08:20  24 january  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Kevin Durant , Kyrie Irving and James Harden won their first game since all three played together as Nets , beating the Heat 128-124 on Saturday night at Barclays Center. Harris’ fourth from behind the arc spotted the Nets to a 23-12 lead they held on to .

(The Sports Xchange) - Despite being held to one basket in the first half, Kevin Durant finished with 31 points, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-98 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday. Durant shot 10-for-17 from the field to go with six assists and.

Kevin Durant scored a team-high 31 points as the new-look Brooklyn Nets solved some of their defensive woes on Saturday to hold on and beat the shorthanded Miami Heat 128-124.

Kevin Durant et al. sitting at a basketball game: Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant celebrates a three-pointer in the first quarter against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center arena © ELSA Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant celebrates a three-pointer in the first quarter against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center arena

Since putting together the dynamic trio of Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, the Nets have had no trouble showcasing their offence but have struggled on the other side of the court.

Irving finished with 28 points, and Harden was held to just 12 but dished out 11 assists, as Brooklyn halted a modest two game losing streak. Durant returned to the line-up after sitting out Friday's 125-113 loss to Cleveland to get some extra rest.

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Nikola Jokic scored 31 points, Gary Harris added 19 and the Nuggets rallied to force overtime before beating the Phoenix Suns 130-126. The win pushed Denver above .500 for the first time this season at 8-7.

Jokic scores 31 , Nuggets rally to beat Suns 130-126 in OT. Andersen shut the door from there before Marner iced it with his fourth into an empty net as Toronto held on for its fourth victory in six outings to open the abbreviated 56-game schedule.

Brooklyn has now allowed 396 points in their last three games after losing back-to-back contests to the Cavaliers, including an 147-135 double overtime loss on Wednesday.

Bam Adebayo finished with 41 points and nine assists to lead the Heat, who rallied from a 14 point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to give the Nets a run for their money down the stretch at Barclays Center arena in New York.


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The Heat's performance was impressive considering they were missing key starters, including last season's playoff hero Jimmy Butler, who is out because of Covid-19 health protocols.

Besides Butler, the Heat were without Avery Bradley (Covid-19 protocols) and Tyler Herro (neck spasms). Herro has missed the last four games and did not make the trip for the two-game series.

Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry passed Hall of Famer Reggie Miller to become the player to make the second most three-pointers in NBA history, after making his 2,561st against the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Curry is now just 412 three-pointers behind the record, held by Hall of Famer Ray Allen.

The record-breaking three came early in the second half of the game. Curry drove into the lane, passed the ball out to Draymond Green on the wing, relocated in the corner and nailed the shot off a quick feed from Green.

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