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Kevin Durant scores 37 as scorching Nets top Jazz


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Kevin Durant scores 37 as scorching Nets top Jazz

Mar 21, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale (23) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit:

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The Nets win for the sixth time in seven games following a 3-17 skid as Kevin Durant posts his 20th 30-point showing of the season

Kevin Durant scored 15 of his 37 points in the third quarter as the Brooklyn Nets surged ahead and held on for a 114-106 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday, March 21 (Tuesday, March 22, Manila time) in New York.

The Nets won for the sixth time in seven games following a 3-17 skid as Durant posted his 20th 30-point showing of the season. He made 5-of-7 shots in the third when the Nets shot 60.9%, and outscored Utah, 38-24.

Durant finished 15-of-23 from the floor and scored at least 35 points in consecutive games for the first time this season. He added 9 rebounds, and also collected 8 of Brooklyn’s 31 assists.

Bruce Brown added a season-best 22 points with 7 rebounds, and 5 assists as the Nets shot 54.2%. Nic Claxton filled in for starting center Andre Drummond (non-COVID illness) and added 11 of his 15 points in the decisive third.

Patty Mills contributed 13 as the Nets began taking control shortly after Seth Curry exited with a left ankle sprain. Curry slipped on a wet spot opposite Utah’s bench with about four minutes left in the second quarter, and was ruled out for the game at halftime.

Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points on 9-of-23 shooting as the Jazz saw their three-game winning streak stopped. Jordan Clarkson added 19, and Mike Conley chipped in 18 with 7 assists as Utah was held to 44.6% from the field.

Clarkson scored 10 points as the Jazz took a 28-25 lead when he hit a three-pointer with 17 seconds left in the opening quarter. The Jazz went scoreless for the final 3:01 of the second as the Nets fired off eight straight points for a 53-51 lead by halftime.

Brooklyn ripped off a 10-0 run to get a 75-62 lead on Durant’s 12-footer with 6:24 remaining. Brooklyn stretched the lead to 84-68 when Durant knocked down a three-pointer with 2:52 remaining, and held a 91-75 edge into the fourth.

Durant appeared to clinch it by hitting an 11-footer and a three-pointer on consecutive possessions to give Brooklyn a 108-87 lead with 6:09 remaining.

Utah was within 110-102 on Rudy Gobert’s dunk with 98 seconds left but Durant hit a 10-footer on the next possession. Following an errant pass by Blake Griffin, Mitchell hit two free throws to make it 112-106 with 57.2 seconds left but Durant connected with Claxton for an alley-oop dunk with 37.4 seconds left. –

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