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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.

WIZARDS 131

MAGIC 116

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.

NUGGETS 106

SPURS 96

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help Denver beat San Antonio.

PACERS 141

TIMBERWOLVES 137

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Holiday scored 22 points, brother Justin Holiday had 21 and short-handed Indiana beat Minnesota.

ROCKETS 102

MAVERICKS 93

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.

HORNETS 113

THUNDER 102

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jalen McDaniels had a career-high 21 points in his second career start to help Charlotte beat Oklahoma City.

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