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Kevin Durant drops 53 points, clutch 3-pointer as Nets top Knicks

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Mar 13, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA;  Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives against New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives against New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant highlighted a season-high 53-point performance by hitting the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 56.3 seconds remaining as the host Brooklyn Nets edged the New York Knicks 110-107 Sunday afternoon in New York.

Durant made 19 of 37 shots and his biggest hoop snapped a 103-103 tie. After Goran Dragic’s defense forced New York’s Julius Randle into a turnover, Durant spotted up from the left wing opposite New York’s bench and cleanly hit a 3-pointer over RJ Barrett.

Following a timeout, Randle converted a dunk to make it 106-105 with 48.4 seconds left and Durant missed a 3-pointer on the next possession. Jericho Sims secured the defensive rebound, giving the Knicks a chance at regaining the lead.

After New York called a timeout, Evan Fournier’s pass was intercepted by Bruce Brown with 9.2 seconds left. Durant hit two free throws with 6.6 seconds left after landing on the first row while being fouled by Alec Burks.

Two free throws by Barrett brought the Knicks within 108-107 with 2.6 seconds left. Durant hit two more at the line with 1.8 ticks left and the game ended when Randle fumbled a pass by Barrett at the buzzer.

Durant finished one shy of his career high and also added nine assists. He also broke the franchise record held by John Williamson (1978) for points in a game against the Knicks.

Andre Drummond added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets won their third straight game while unvaccinated Kyrie Irving watched from courtside seats opposite the Brooklyn bench. Brown contributed 15 points and the Nets shot 49.4 percent.

Randle scored 26 points to lead the Knicks, who lost their sixth straight to Brooklyn and fell to 4-13 in their past 17 contests. Fournier added 25 and Barrett finished with 24 as New York shot 47 percent.

After Brooklyn scored the game’s first 11 points, it held a 62-60 lead by halftime and took an 88-83 lead into the fourth. Durant hit a pair of jumpers and a layup to push Brooklyn’s lead to 101-94 with 4:54 remaining. New York scored the next nine points and grabbed a 103-101 lead on Barrett’s layup with 2:52 remaining.

A basket by Drummond forged a 103-103 tie with 2:12 left until Durant’s clutch 3.

–Field Level Media