Kevin Durant scored 23 of his 32 points in the second half as the visiting Brooklyn Nets rallied for a 110-98 win against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
In RJ Barrett’s free throw, the Knicks held a 96-94 lead with 5:11 remaining but scored 16-2 the rest of the way. Durant hit a 13-footer, netting a 96-all tie with 4:57 remaining, and then 42 seconds later to lead the 18-footer.
Kiri Irving, who added 24 points, hit a 3-pointer for a 101-96 lead with 2:48, and Seth Curry made it 104-96 with another 3-pointer, giving Brooklyn its seventh straight win with 96 seconds left. Above the Knicks (35-45).
Durant made 11 of 22 shots and posted a triple-double with 11 assists and 10 rebounds as Brooklyn (42-38) went into a game for seventh-ranked Cleveland Cavaliers, which they hosted on Friday.
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Irving made 9 of 26 shots and added eight rebounds and seven assists in his first game as a net at Madison Square Garden.
Curry and Patty Mills contributed 15 points each, and the pair matched for eight of Brooklyn’s 14 3-pointers as the net shot 44.1 percent off the field overall.
Alec Barks scored 24 points, but the Knicks scored just 31 points after halftime and scored 60-25 at 23:16 in the last game.
Barrett added 23 and Obi Topin contributed 19 for New York, who shot 38.6 percent, missed 15 free throws and missed a field goal in the final 7:10.
The Knicks could open a 38-25 lead in a basket of topin with 9:55 left in the first half, scoring 19 straight points at 4:10 in the first and second quarters. The lead increased to 63-46 when Evan Fornier hit a 3-pointer with 2:39 left and the Knicks were leading 67-50 at halftime.
Jericho Sims missed eight straight shots before New York went 75-60 with 6:12 left in the third and Brooklyn scored 80-62 with Barrett’s lay-up 3:58 before finishing third with 10-2.
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