Durant, Mills combine for 62 as the Nets complete the journey at 5-1


Kevin Durant # 7 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates a 96-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons with Patty Mills # 8 at Little Caesars Arena on November 05, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Gregory Shamus / Getty Images / AFP (Photo by Gregory Shamus / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Kevin Durant scored 33 points as he led the Brooklyn Nets to a 120-96 away victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Patty Mills added 29 points, scoring nine 3-pointers, the career record.

The Nets have won three consecutive games and eight of their last nine, finishing 5-1 on a six-game away season. They also ended the Thunder’s four-game streak.

In four of their five wins this season, the Thunder have come back from at least 16 points behind. Once again, Oklahoma City found itself in a big hole, as Brooklyn extended its lead to 20 early in the fourth quarter.

Ty Jerome triggered a small comeback, scoring eight points in a 17-7 Thunder run to help Oklahoma City cut the deficit to 10 and force Brooklyn manager Steve Nash to put Durant and Blake Griffin into play after Jerome’s triple with just under six minutes to go.

But the goals quickly extended the lead, with a 12-2 run over the next three minutes with six points each from Durant and Mills.

Brooklyn began building a lead early in the game, with Durant’s 10 points in the first quarter.

Luguentz Dort, the star of Oklahoma City’s last two victories, got off to a good start in attack, scoring 11 points in the first quarter and making his mark on defense as well.

However, there were problems with a foul in the second quarter, including his third foul midway through the quarter on a play challenged by Thunder manager Mark Daigneault. Daigneault contested the foul, originally called on Josh Giddey. Instead, it was changed into a foul there.

But faced with a team with the offensive firepower of the Nets, Daigneault chose to stick with Dort, who soon caught his fourth foul.

There he finished with 20 points, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 23 points.

James Harden, coming out of his biggest game of the season, was 16 but was only 1 in 8 from behind the arc.

Durant scored 13 of his points from the free-throw line while the Nets had 20 free throws to Oklahoma City’s 10.


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