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NBA ROUND-UP: Kevin Durant continues to impress as Nets win again without Kyrie Irving

Kevin Durant scored 27 factors, Seth Curry added 22 and the Brooklyn Nets broke free halfway by the fourth quarter Saturday for a 110-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nic Claxton had 13 factors and 14 rebounds because the Nets improved to 4-1 since Kyrie Irving was given a team-imposed suspension that can proceed. Three of the 4 victories have come on the highway.

The Nets have held 5 straight opponents under 100 factors.

Kevin Durant (No. 7) scored 27 points as Brooklyn Nets sealed 110-95 win over the LA Clippers

Kevin Durant (No. 7) scored 27 factors as Brooklyn Nets sealed 110-95 win over the LA Clippers

‘We will must be a kind of groups that any given evening, anyone should step up and make enormous performs for us,’ Durant mentioned. 

‘Clearly we’re lacking (Irving), so we will must search for the place these factors are going to come back from. I believe the blokes are doing it as a gaggle.’

Paul George scored 17 factors for the Clippers however endured a tough capturing sport, going 5 of 21 from the sphere (23.8 %). Ivica Zubac added 16 factors and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who misplaced for simply the second time since October 31.

In the meantime, Max Strus and the Miami Warmth lastly loved a uncommon simple win.

Strus scored 31 factors, one off his profession excessive, and the Warmth spoiled LaMelo Ball’s return to the Charlotte lineup by beating the Hornets 132-115.

Miami Heat spoiled LaMelo Ball's return to the Charlotte lineup by beating the Hornets 132-115

Miami Warmth spoiled LaMelo Ball’s return to the Charlotte lineup by beating the Hornets 132-115

Strus was 10 of 16 from the ground, 8 of 14 from 3-point vary. It was solely the second time this season that Miami gained a sport by greater than seven factors, and ended a streak of six consecutive single-digit video games for the Warmth.

Miami additionally made 12 consecutive photographs in a single stretch from late within the first half by the midpoint of the third quarter, turning a five-point deficit right into a 16-point lead.

Adebayo had 24 factors and 15 rebounds for the Warmth, who swept a two-game house collection with the Hornets and bought consecutive wins for under the second time this season. Charlotte misplaced its eighth straight, extending the longest present slide within the NBA.

Jimmy Butler had 20 factors, eight assists and 7 rebounds for Miami, whereas Gabe Vincent scored 20 factors. Miami outscored Charlotte 45-25 within the third quarter, tying the sixth-highest scoring quarter in any interval in Warmth historical past.

Elsewhere, Jayson Tatum scored 28 of his season-high 43 factors within the first half because the Boston Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 117-108 for his or her sixth straight win.

Jayson Tatum scored 28 of his season-high 43 points in the first half as the Boston Celtics won

Jayson Tatum scored 28 of his season-high 43 factors within the first half because the Boston Celtics gained

Tatum additionally had 10 rebounds, and Marcus Good added 18 factors and 10 assists in Boston’s second win towards Detroit in 4 days. The Celtics gained 128-112 at house on Wednesday.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 factors to guide Detroit, and rookie Jalen Ivey added a season-high 26. Marcus Bagley III made his season debut after lacking the primary 13 video games with a sprained knee and completed with 4 factors and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Each groups had been lacking considered one of their most necessary gamers. The Pistons’ Cade Cunningham shall be out for no less than every week with shin soreness, whereas the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown bought the evening off to cope with a knee contusion.

Bogdanovic had 15 factors within the first half, together with a pair of free throws with 0.1 seconds left within the second quarter that gave Detroit a 57-55 lead. The Pistons shot 47.4% (9-19) on 3-pointers within the half, however solely 32% on 2-pointers.

Tatum had 15 factors for Boston, who had a 20-12 edge in factors within the paint, however solely hit seven of 24 3-pointers within the opening half.

Kristaps Porzingis had 31 points and 10 rebounds as Washington Wizards beat the Jazz 121-112

Kristaps Porzingis had 31 factors and 10 rebounds as Washington Wizards beat the Jazz 121-112

Kristaps Porzingis had 31 factors and 10 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma added 23 factors, eight rebounds and 6 assists because the Washington Wizards beat the Utah Jazz 121-112 on for his or her season-high third straight victory.

Corey Kispert hit all six of his area targets, 4 of them 3-pointers, and scored 18 factors. The Wizards performed their fourth consecutive sport with out main scorer Bradley Beal, who had been within the NBA’s well being and security protocols.

‘I believe we had been higher at making that additional go, that additional play for the teammate,’ Porzingis mentioned. ‘It is beginning to click on a little bit bit.’

Jordan Clarkson had 18 factors for Utah (10-4), which had a four-game profitable streak damaged. Collin Sexton and Lauri Markkanen every had 17.

The Indiana Pacers used a dominant fourth quarter to beat the Toronto Raptors 118-104 with Buddy Hield scoring 22 factors and Myles Turner having 19 factors and 10 rebounds.

Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) reacts after making a 3-point basket vs. Raptors

Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) reacts after making a 3-point basket vs. Raptors

Tyrese Haliburton shook off a 3-for-14 capturing evening with 15 assists for the Pacers, who outscored the Raptors 36-14 within the closing 12 minutes.

Jalen Smith completed with 16 factors and rookie Bennedict Mathurin had 15 for Indiana.

O.G. Anunoby scored 26 factors for the short-handed Raptors, who led 90-82 after three quarters earlier than the Pacers blew by them as Toronto matched its lowest-scoring quarter of the season.

Lacking the injured Pascal Siakam and the sick Fred VanVleet, Toronto shot 6 for 21 within the closing interval, lacking eight of 9 3-point makes an attempt.

The shocking Pacers made 19 3-pointers to get again to .500.

Joel Embiid had a season-high 42 factors and 10 rebounds because the Philadelphia 76ers turned a blistering capturing efficiency within the first half right into a 121-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Tyrese Maxey scored 26 factors and Tobias Harris added 21 for the Sixers (6-7), who’ve gained break up the three back-to-back contests they’ve performed this season. Philadelphia misplaced in Atlanta 104-95 on Thursday evening.

Joel Embiid had a season-high 42 points and 10 rebounds in Philadelphia 76ers' win Saturday

 Joel Embiid had a season-high 42 factors and 10 rebounds in Philadelphia 76ers’ win Saturday

Trae Younger scored 27 factors and Dejounte Murray added 21 for the Hawks, who had a 43-31 rebounding benefit – together with a 12-2 benefit on the offensive glass – however struggled by capturing simply 24.3 % from past the 3-point arc.

Embiid and the Sixers went proper at Hawks middle Clint Capela by posting him simply exterior the paint, permitting the choice for a turnaround jumper or a skip go to a large open Harris or Maxey when Atlanta came to visit in protection.

Embiid scored Philadelphia first 10 factors of the sport after which grew to become a distributor because the Sixers raced out to an enormous lead within the first half by capturing 58.1% from the ground.

Embiid has scored 40 or extra factors 28 occasions in his profession.

Zion Williamson scored 26 factors and Brandon Ingram iced the sport with six factors in a 13-0 run within the closing 2:07 to energy the New Orleans Pelicans to a 119-106 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday evening.

The Pelicans led by as many as 18 factors within the third quarter solely to fall behind by eight early within the fourth quarter. Kevin Porter Jr. tied the sport at 106 with 2:58 left, however New Orleans scored the sport´s closing 13 factors.

Zion Williamson shoots over Houston Rockets forward Jabari Smith Jr. (No. 1) in the second half

Zion Williamson shoots over Houston Rockets ahead Jabari Smith Jr. (No. 1) within the second half

Jose Alvarado got here off the bench to spark the Pelicans’ rally with 12 factors, 5 assists and three steals, and Larry Nance Jr. added 22. Ingram completed with 20.

Houston was paced by Jalen Inexperienced with 33 factors and Porter with 23 factors.

The Rockets trailed 78-60 after Herb Jones made a layup with 7:24 left within the third quarter, however they closed the interval on a 27-6 run earlier than a closing layup by Nance to take an 87-86 lead into the ultimate quarter. Inexperienced was the catalyst with 13 factors within the run, together with three 3-pointers.

Williamson went 4-of-4 from the sphere in a 13-point first half and dished out 4 assists because the Pelicans constructed an 18-point, second-quarter lead and coasted to a 63-50 halftime edge. Larry Nance Jr. got here off the bench to attain 12 factors in 12 minutes, together with 3-pointers from the left and proper corners. Ingram added 11 factors within the half.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic makes a layup next in their win over Portland Trail Blazers

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic makes a layup subsequent of their win over Portland Path Blazers

Lastly, Luka Doncic had 42 factors, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double of the season because the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Path Blazers 117-112.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 factors, capped by three 3-pointers within the closing 2:half-hour. The primary of these tied it at 106 with 2:35 to play. His subsequent, with 1:52 to go, put the Mavericks forward for good.

Christian Wooden scored 19 factors off the bench after lacking Dallas´ earlier two video games with a knee sprain.

Jerami Grant scored a season-high 37 factors for the Path Blazers, who completed a six-game highway journey 4-2. Damian Lillard had 29 factors and 12 assists, and Anfernee Simons added 24 factors.

Doncic scored 30 or extra factors for the tenth time in 12 video games after being held within the 20s in Dallas’ earlier two video games, losses at Orlando and Washington.

The Blazers performed their third consecutive sport with out Jusuf Nurkic, seventh within the NBA in rebounding, who was sidelined by a proper hip adductor.

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