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Durant scored the Nets’ next six points as Brooklyn put it away, denying the Nuggets a sweep on their three-game road trip.

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Brooklyn clobbers Denver sans Irving

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Kevin Durant poured 34 points and handed 13 assists as the Brooklyn Nets rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets, 122-116, in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday.

Durant added nine rebounds and Bruce Brown chipped in 16 points in a clutch performance in place of absent Nets star Kyrie Irving.

Brown’s jump shot, off a feed from Durant, knotted the score at 113-113 with 2:16 to play. He followed with a floater that put the Nets ahead for good.
Durant scored the Nets’ next six points as Brooklyn put it away, denying the Nuggets a sweep on their three-game road trip.

Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Denver, but the Nuggets were outscored by the Nets, 68-46, in the second half.

It was a satisfying end to the day for Brooklyn, which was without Irving for a fourth straight game for what the team has called personal reasons.

His return date remains unknown with the team and NBA reviewing video that surfaced on social media that appeared to show the star playmaker at a family gathering without a mask — in violation of league protocols aimed at containing coronavirus.

It’s a sensitive topic as the league postponed two more games on Tuesday because teams had too many players out because of coronavirus protocols.
That brought the total to six postponements heading into the fourth week of the season.

With a welter of players sidelined either by positive or inconclusive Covid tests or because of risk of exposure, the league and players’ union agreed Tuesday to stricter measures on masks, team meetings and even non-basketball activities.

In Philadelphia, the Miami Heat fielded the minimum eight players with eight absent due to health and safety protocols.

Sixers center Joel Embiid scored 45 points with 16 rebounds and five steals in a 137-134 overtime triumph that snapped Philadelphia’s three-game skid.

Embiid’s jump shot with 4.3 seconds remaining in regulation tied it up at 120-120 and he scored the 76ers first nine points in overtime.

Danny Green drained a career-high nine three-pointers on the way to 29 points for the 76ers, bouncing back from an 0-for-9 shooting performance in a loss to Atlanta on Monday.
Ben Simmons, back after missing two games with left knee trouble, scored just five points but handed out 12 assists.

Tyler Herro led Miami with 34 points as the Heat returned to action after having their Sunday game postponed.

Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said he hoped the new guidelines would keep the number of Covid cases in the NBA at a minimum and the season on track.
“All I can do is hope,” Rivers said.

“Listen, we are not in a bubble; we are in cities. So we just have to do our best, everyone.”

In Houston, LeBron James scored 26 points — and electrified his own Los Angeles Lakers bench with a nothing-but-net three-pointer — in the defending champions’ 117-100 thumping of the Rockets.
Anthony Davis scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Lakers notched their second big win over the Rockets in three days — after a 120-102 triumph on Sunday.

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