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Nets escape with narrow win over Hawks to cap strong homestand

It wasn’t fairly and it wasn’t simple. But it was sufficient. 

The Nets floor out a 120-116 escape towards Atlanta earlier than a sellout crowd of 18,072 at Barclays Center. 

It capped a 6-1 homestand — their longest of the season — and saved Brooklyn (15-12) in fourth place within the Eastern Conference at a season-best three video games over .500. 

They survived a 33 factors from celebrity Trae Young and one other 31 from Hawks deadeye Bogdan Bogdanovic, together with a 33-footer within the waning seconds. But Brooklyn’s star duo was simply as dominant. 

Kevin Durant poured in 34 factors, together with 18 within the first quarter alone. Kyrie Irving added 33 and a season-high 11 rebounds, albeit with seven turnovers. Though Durant was sensible early, it was his performs down the stretch within the endgame that determined it. 

Kevin Durant shoots during the Nets' win over the Hawks.
Kevin Durant shoots throughout the Nets’ win over the Hawks.
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The Nets trailed 109-108 after a Young step again. But Durant hit a go-ahead 3-pointer, then — after a Young miss — discovered Joe Harris for an acrobatic baseline layup and 113-109 edge with just below three minutes to play. 

Then Durant hit a 3-pointer off a Seth Curry kick out that offered the dagger. It gave Brooklyn a 116-111 lead with 1:09 left, and so they closed it out on the charity stripe. 

The Nets performed with out beginning heart Nic Claxton and missed his protection, permitting 50.5 % capturing by Atlanta (13-13). 

The Nets accomplished a season-long seven-game homestand with a 6-1 mark, successful six by a mixed 46 factors. 

Brooklyn has a penchant for making the straightforward tough, witness their blowing a 36-point lead towards Toronto final Friday and 23-point cushion towards Charlotte of their final sport on Wednesday. This one was no totally different. 

They’re comfy in nailbiters, now 7-2 in single digit video games since Jacque Vaughn took over as coach on Nov. 1. 

Durant entered the sport main the NBA with 958 minutes performed, and logged one other 36:12 on Friday. They wanted each second of that. 

Durant had his highest-scoring opening quarter since April 11, 2010 with Oklahoma City, pouring in 18 factors on 9-of-11 capturing to spot Brooklyn to a 36-30 lead. 

Kyrie Irving guards Trae Young.
Kyrie Irving guards Trae Young.
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Clinging to a 47-45 edge after a Bogdanovic floater with 7:43 left within the half, Irving went on a one-minute one-man blitz. He personally ran off eight unanswered factors, capped by a pullup 3 to give the Nets a 55-45 lead. 

T.J. Warren — enjoying with Ben Simmons for the primary time — padded the cushion to 59-47 with 5:02 within the half. 

It was down to 4 on the break — regardless of a primary half that noticed the Nets capturing a white-hot 65.9 % — and nonetheless 76-72 after Young’s driving floater with 8:49 remaining within the third quarter. 

Trae Young reacts during the Hawks' loss to the Nets.
Trae Young reacts throughout the Hawks’ loss to the Nets.
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Consecutive 3-pointers by Harris and Irving pushed it to double digits, and one other by Royce O’Neale padded it again up to 12 once more at 85-73 with 7:28 left within the third. 

The Nets coughed up 11 unanswered factors, and the lead. 

After Warren’s 3 put the Nets up 96-88 with simply 40.6 seconds left within the third, they surrendered a run that spanned into the fourth. Bogdanovic’s back-to-back buckets put Atlanta forward, and Jarrett Culver’s free throws left Brooklyn in a 99-96 gap with 8:53 to play. 

Down 107-103, an offensive rebound led to a wide-open Seth Curry 3. Then Irving put Trent Forrest on skates for an 18-foot pullup and 108-107 edge with 4:38 left. 

They fell behind 109-108 on that Young step again, earlier than Durant took over.

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