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Durant rescues shorthanded Nets as Suns eclipse Wizards

The Brooklyn Nets were fuelled by Kevin Durant on Thursday as the Phoenix Suns moved level with the Golden State Warriors.

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Durant rescues shorthanded Nets as Suns eclipse Wizards
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Kevin Durant was the hero again for the Brooklyn Nets after lifting the shorthanded Eastern Conference leaders past the Philadelphia 76ers 114-105.

The Nets have been ravaged by covid-19, with superstar James Harden among the absentees after entering the NBA's health and safety protocols.

But Durant carried the Nets on Thursday, scoring 34 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to help see off the rallying 76ers in Brooklyn.

With the game tied less than two minutes from the end, Durant came up big via a four-point play, having been fouled on a three-point attempt.

Durant was coming off an NBA season-high 51 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in his previous two games.

Joel Embiid put up 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists but the slumping 76ers still fell to their third consecutive defeat.

Dec 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) shields the ball during the second half as Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) defends at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) shields the ball during the second half as Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) defends at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY SportsVincent CarchiettaUSA TODAY Sports

Suns do their thing

The Phoenix Suns capped a balanced performance with a 118-98 victory at home to the Washington Wizards. All five starters, and eight players in total, had double-digit points. Thanks to the win, the Suns moved level with the Golden State Warriors for the NBA lead at 23-5.

The New York Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak via a 116-103 triumph over the Houston Rockets, behind Immanuel Quickley (24 points), Evan Fournier (23 points) and Julius Randle (21 points).

Sorry Pistons lose… again

The less said about the Detroit Pistons right now, the better. Detroit were condemned to a 13th successive loss, the Pistons beaten 122-113 by the Indiana Pacers. Detroit (4-23) own the NBA's worst record.

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