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Kevin Durant guides Nets to tight win over Hawks

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Kevin Durant guides Nets to tight win over Hawks

CLUTCH. Kevin Durant hits a pair of crucial three-pointers down the stretch as the Nets beat the Hawks.

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Kevin Durant and the Nets have turned things around after a rough season start, winning six of their last seven games

Kevin Durant scored 34 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 3:17 remaining, and the Brooklyn Nets made enough plays down the stretch to seal a 120-116 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in New York on Friday, December 9 (Saturday, December 10, Manila time).

Durant missed his first 5 three-point attempts before getting a pass from Royce O’Neale and hitting a trey from the right side that put Brooklyn ahead 111-109. Durant’s clutch three-pointer came after Trae Young sank a shot to give Atlanta a 109-108 advantage with 3:44 left.

After Durant’s three-pointer, the Nets took a 113-109 lead when Durant found Joe Harris for a layup with 2:55 remaining. Durant then hit his second three-pointer from the same spot as his previous trey for a 116-111 lead with 1:09 left.

Durant missed two shots in the final minute, but each time, the Nets secured an offensive rebound. After two free throws by Seth Curry made it a five-point game with 10 seconds left, Atlanta’s Bogdan Bogdanovic heaved in a 33-foot three-pointer with 6.2 seconds to go. Durant finally clinched the win by sinking two at the line with 6.1 seconds remaining.

Kyrie Irving added 33 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who went 6-1 on a season-high, seven-game homestand, with five of those wins coming by single digits.

TJ Warren added 14, Curry finished with 11, and Harris had 10 for the Nets. Brooklyn shot 54.9% from the floor and survived committing 21 turnovers.

Young scored 33, but Atlanta lost its third game in a row and fell for the seventh time in 10 games.

Bogdanovic added a season-high 31 to finish 4 shy of his career-high for the Hawks, who shot 49.5% from the field. Atlanta’s Clint Capela collected a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds), Trent Forrest scored 11 points, and AJ Griffin had 10.

Atlanta scored 62 points in the paint while playing without three starters: Dejounte Murray (ankle), John Collins (ankle), and De’Andre Hunter (hip).

After taking a six-point lead through the opening quarter with Durant’s 18 points, the Nets held a 68-64 lead by halftime. They took a 96-90 edge into the fourth before Durant’s clutch shot helped them escape in the final minutes. – Rappler.com

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