NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant scored 34 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a much-needed 116-109 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Durant made some personal and franchise history in Brooklyn’s second win of the season (2-5). After making two free throws in the first quarter, Durant passed Vince Carter for 19th on the NBA’s career scoring list. He now has 25.752 points. And he scored at least 25 points in each of the first seven games of the season, the most in franchise history.
Kyrie Irving added 28 points and Nick Claxton had 19 points and nine rebounds.
Despite Chris Duarte’s 30-point performance, Indiana fell to 3-5. Buddy Hield chipped in with 22. Benedict Maturin contributed 16 and Tyrese Haliburton added 11.
76ERS 118, WIZARDS 111
WASHINGTON (AP) – James Harden had 23 points and 17 assists as Philadelphia returned to .500 with a win over Washington despite missing Joel Embiid.
Tyrese Maxey added 28 points for Philadelphia. Georges Niang hit all four of his 3-pointers in the second half – including three in the fourth quarter – and finished with 12 points as the 76ers won their third straight and moved to 4-4.
Embiid, a back-to-back NBA MVP finalist, missed the game due to an illness unrelated to COVID-19.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 32 points and Bradley Beal added 19 for Washington, which lost its third straight and second at home.
KINGS 115, HORNETS 108
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Kevin Huerter scored 26 points, Davion Mitchell added 23 points, including two late game jumpers, and Sacramento rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Charlotte and got the second victory in a row.
Huerter and Mitchell combined to go 10 of 16 from 3-point range and Harrison Barnes added 14 points as the Kings outscored Charlotte 37-18 in the third quarter.
PJ Washington led the Hornets with 28 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 16 for Charlotte.
RAPTORS 139, HAWKS 109
TORONTO (AP) – Pascal Siakam had 31 points and 12 rebounds and Scotty Barnes had a season-high 21 points as Toronto beat Atlanta.
Gary Trent Jr. had 21 points and OG Anunoby had 14 as the Raptors tied a season-high in points and improved to 3-1 at home.
Siakam had six assists, his franchise-best 30th game with 20 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and five or more assists.
Trae Young had 14 points and 10 assists and John Collins had 12 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out as the Hawks lost their second straight. Dejounte Murray had 20 points for the Hawks, Clint Capela had 13 and De’Andre Hunter had 11.
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