Durant Returns To Spark Brooklyn Past New Orleans
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant returned from a 23-game absence to spark Brooklyn’s most explosive half of the season, finishing with 17 points and perfect shooting in the Nets’ 139-111 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
Durant came off the bench with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter and by the time the period ended the Nets had 79 points and a 20-point halftime lead. Brooklyn was a sizzling 14 for 18 (78%) in its 43-point quarter.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Bradley Beal returned from a five-game absence to score 26 points, Russell Westbrook had his 20th triple-double of the season and Washington made 19 3-pointers to beat Orlando.
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help Denver beat San Antonio.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Holiday scored 22 points, brother Justin Holiday had 21 and short-handed Indiana beat Minnesota.
HOUSTON (AP) — John Wall had 31 points and seven assists in his return from injury and Houston beat Dallas to snap a five-game skid.
CELTICS 101 KNICKS 99
BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown had 32 points and 10 rebounds and Boston rallied to beat New York.
GRIZZLIES 131 HAWKS 113
ATLANTA (AP) — Grayson Allen scored 17 of his season-high 30 points in a dominant third quarter, leading Memphis past Atlanta.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jalen McDaniels had a career-high 21 points in his second career start to help Charlotte beat Oklahoma City.