NBA: Durant-led Nets beat Hawks, improve to 8-0 after loss

ATLANTA (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 31 points, including a jumper midway through the fourth quarter, and the Brooklyn Nets proved resilient again, beating the Atlanta Hawks 113-105 in the NBA on Friday night.

The Nets, protecting their slim lead over Chicago for the best record in the Eastern Conference, improved to 8-0 after losses this season. Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 15 points, were on rest in Wednesday night’s 114-104 loss to Houston.

James Harden had 20 points and 11 assists for Brooklyn, which is 2-0 against Atlanta this season.

Trae Young led Atlanta with 31 points. John Collins had 20 and Kevin Huerter added 19.

There were three ties at the start of the last period, including at 95 points. Durant’s jumper sparked an 8-0 run that gave the Nets a 103-95 lead.

Phoenix Suns goalie Chris Paul shoots Boston Celtics center Al Horford during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, December 10, 2021 in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Rick Scuteri).

SUNS 111, CELTIC 90

PHOENIX (AP) – JaVale McGee reached season highs 21 points and 15 rebounds, Chris Paul added 12 assists and the Phoenix Suns have passed the Boston Celtics.

The Suns won for the 20th time in 21 games despite the absence of starters Devin Booker (hamstring) and Deandre Ayton (illness unrelated to COVID-19).

McGee took over, shooting 9 of 16 from the field and even knocking down a 3-pointer, which was only the 11th in his 14-year career.

Seven Suns scored in double digits. Cam Payne had 17 points while Jae Crowder and Cameron Johnson both added 16.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 24 points.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of the NBA team basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Friday, December 10, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo / Eric Christian Smith).

BUCKS 123, ROCKETS 114

HOUSTON (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 41 points and 17 rebounds, and Milwaukee Bucks ended the Houston Rocket’s seven-game winning streak.

The Rockets were leading by 10 at one point and trailed until the Bucks pulled out in the fourth quarter.

Bobby Portis and Middleton added 21 points each for Milwaukee as the Bucks won for the 11th time in 13 games.

Garrison Mathews led the Rockets with 23 points, a season-high, and set a career-high six to 3 points. Christian Wood and Armoni Brooks had 21 each for Houston.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, passes the ball between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley, left, and Luguentz Dort (5) forward during the first half of a NBA basketball game on Friday, December 10, 2021 in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo / Sue Ogrocki).

LAKERS 116, THUNDER 95

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – LeBron James has 33 points on 13 of 20 shots and the Los Angeles Lakers have passed the Oklahoma City Thunder.

James – who missed the Lakers’ first two games against the Thunder this season, both losses – had six assists and five rebounds. Avery Bradley added 22 points, a season-high, to the Lakers, who went from one game above 0.500.

Rookie Tre Mann scored a high 19 points for Oklahoma City. Leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who averaged 21.9 points per game, finished with 11 points on 5 of 12 shots.

FRELONS 124, KINGS 123

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Sacramento King’s three-game winning streak ended when De’Aaron Fox missed two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to give the victory to Charlotte Hornets.

Charlotte rookie James Bouknight, the 11th pick in the 2021 draft, posted a career-high 24 of six 3-pointers. Miles Bridges added 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Kelly Oubre had 22 points. The Hornets have seven players absent due to illness and NBA health and safety protocols.

Fox had 31 points to lead the Kings, but his missed free throws proved critical. Cody Martin made one of two free throws to give the Hornets the lead before fouling Fox near midfield.

RAPTORS 90, KNICKS 87

TORONTO (AP) – Gary Trent Jr. scored 24 points, Fred VanVleet had 17 points and 11 assists, and the Toronto Raptors won their 10th consecutive home game against the New York Knick.

Scottie Barnes had 12 points and 15 rebounds, a career-high, and Pascal Siakam had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who slipped away a 20-point lead in the first quarter but managed to win their third in four. matches.

Obi Toppin of the Knicks scored a career-high 19 points and added 10 rebounds, Julius Randle scored 13 points and 14 rebounds and RJ Barrett scored 19 points. New York has lost for the sixth time in its last eight games.

PACERS 106, MAVERICKS 93

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Caris LeVert scored 26 points and Domantas Sabonis added 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Dallas Mavericks.

Indiana won its third straight game for the first time this season – this one without coach Rick Carlisle, who entered NBA health and safety protocols on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19. Assistant coach Lloyd Pierce replaced Carlisle on the bench.

Luka Doncic had 27 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for Dallas. Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points as the Mavericks lost for the fourth time in five games.

RIDERS 123, WOOD WOLVES 106

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jarrett Allen had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a quick start to pass the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kevin Love scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds off the bench against his former team, and Darius Garland had 12 points and 12 assists. Cleveland had seven players marked in double digits: Lauri Markkanen (19), Isaac Okoro (16), Cedi Osman (13) and Evan Mobley (11).

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 12 of his 21 lost time points, Malik Beasley scored 15 off the bench and Anthony Edwards scored 13 for Minnesota, who have lost five straight.

PELICANS 109, PISTONS 93

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Brandon Ingram scored 26 points and the New Orleans Pelicans extended Detroit Piston’s losing streak to 11 games.

Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which trailed up to 15 points in the second quarter but led to 27 in the second half. Since the 1-12 start, New Orleans has won seven of 15 games.

Trey Lyles scored 18 points on 7 of 8 shots and rookie Cade Cunningham added 16 points for Detroit, who missed 19 of 24 shots in the third quarter while being outplayed 29-12.

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