By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant scored a season-high 53 points, making the 3-point tiebreaker in a sensational spectacle for a crowd that included Kyrie Irving, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the New York Knicks 110-107 Sunday.
Durant’s 3-pointer broke a tie at 103 with 56 seconds left. He added four more free throws to keep the Nets ahead, finishing one point off his career high. Durant also had nine assists and six rebounds in his 60th career 40-point performance.
Irving had a great view attending his first Nets home game this season, although he still couldn’t play in New York. There is no longer an obligation to vaccinate spectators against the coronavirus, but there is still one that requires it for someone who works there. Irving has not been vaccinated.
So the star guard had a seat in the stands, just like he did the night before to watch his college team, Duke, lose in the ACC championship game. He left arm in arm with Durant towards the Nets locker room after the game was over.
Andre Drummond had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets,
Julius Randle scored 26 points for New York and Evan Fournier 25.
BOSTON (AP) — Luka Doncic came back from a hamstring scare to hit a 3-point draw with 1:21 left, Spencer Dinwiddie won the game with nine seconds left and Dallas beat Boston to spoil Kevin Garnett’s special day.
As Garnett awaits the postgame ceremony to retire his No. 5 uniform, the Mavericks won for the seventh time in eight games and ended Boston’s five-game winning streak.
Doncic, who started in the first half rubbing his left leg, finished with 26 points and eight rebounds.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum missed a lopsided 3-pointer at the buzzer. Tatum had 21 points with 11 rebounds, but only made a pair of field goals in the second half.
CLIPPERS 106, PISTONS 102
DETROIT (AP) — Marcus Morris scored 31 points and Luke Kennard had 16 against their former team, helping Los Angeles overcome an 18-point deficit to beat Detroit.
Reggie Jackson, another former Piston, had 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
Jeremi Grant scored 21 points for Detroit. Cade Cunningham had 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
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