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Nets thump Timberwolves
Durant leads all scorers with 31 points
Published: Apr 14, 2021 04:13 PM
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (No.7) passes the ball behind his back in the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: VCG

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (No.7) passes the ball behind his back in the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: VCG

 

Kevin Durant scored 31 points as the Brooklyn Nets bounced back from defeat to the Los Angeles ­Lakers with a blowout victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Durant led the scorers in a 127-97 victory for the Nets in a game that had been postponed 24 hours after unrest in Minneapolis triggered by the deadly police shooting of 20-year-old black man Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday.

Durant, making only his third appearance since returning from a near two-month injury layoff, ­wasted no time in asserting himself, scoring eight points in the first five minutes on court.

The Timberwolves, who have the worst record in the NBA with only 14 victories this season and 41 losses, were never in contention and trailed by a massive 45 points at one stage in the fourth quarter.

Durant got help from guard Joe Harris, who finished with 23 points and Landry Shamet, who added 19 off the bench. DeAndre Jordan also cracked double figures with a 13-point contribution.

Anthony Edwards, the Wolves' No.1 pick in last year's draft, led the home side's scorers with 27 points.

Nets coach Steve Nash was pleased by his team's ­emphatic victory, which came despite a raft of absent players including Kyrie ­Irving, James Harden and ­LaMarcus Aldridge.

"Guys have stepped up," Nash said. "We've got a lot of wins this season 

where we've been undermanned. I'm proud of the effort and tonight was another one where we took care of the task in front of us."

Nash, a two-time former NBA MVP, meanwhile ruled out making himself available for the injury-hit Nets.

"I'd be great for four or five minutes and then the wheels would fly off," the 47-year-old joked. "Think I'll save the world that horror show."

In other games on Tuesday, the Utah Jazz shrugged off Monday's surprise loss to the Washington Wizards to score a 106-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bojan Bogdanovic led Utah's scoring with 23 points while Donovan Mitchell finished with 22 points for the Jazz, who head the Western Conference with a 41-14 record. 

The Los Angeles Clippers rolled to a sixth straight victory with their 126-115 win on the road at the Indiana Pacers, Paul George leading the way with a 36-point haul with seven rebounds and eight assists. 


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