NEW YORK (REUTERS) – Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 39 focuses however the Brooklyn Nets almost imploded again down the stretch prior to outliving the Los Angeles Clippers 124-120 on Tuesday in New York.
Kevin Durant added 28 focuses and nine bounce back for the Nets, who shot 57 percent from the floor. James Harden posted his fourth triple-twofold with the Nets and the 50th of his National Basketball Association profession by totalling 23 focuses, 14 helps and 11 bounce back.
Kawhi Leonard scored 33 focuses for the Clippers, who saw a three-game series of wins halted and lost for just the second time in their previous 12 games. Paul George added 26 and Nicolas Batum contributed 21 for Los Angeles, who shot 45.5 percent on field-objective endeavors.
The Nets bounced back from a wild 149-146 misfortune in Washington on Sunday when they permitted two three-pointers in the last seconds.
Against the Clippers, Brooklyn hit four free tosses in the last 9.8 seconds.
Three foul shots by Harden put Brooklyn up 115-106 with 2min 36sec left, and the Nets held a 118-108 lead after a three-pointer by Durant with 1:55 excess.
Los Angeles scored the following nine focuses to get inside 118-117 on a corner three-pointer by George with 24.8 seconds left. Brooklyn didn’t score again until Durant hit two free tosses for a 120-117 lead with 9.8 ticks remaining.
After two free tosses by Leonard made it a one-point game with 7.1 seconds left, Jeff Green’s lay-up off a long inbounds pass from Harden made it 122-119 with 5.5 seconds left.
Batum split two free tosses with 3.1 seconds left, and Irving sank two free tosses with 1.9 seconds left to at long last make sure about the success.
Irving scored 10 focuses in the final quarter, and his opposite lay-up around Leonard and George gave the Nets the lead for great at 104-102 with 4:58 excess. Irving’s thumbs up crate happened two minutes after Los Angeles held a 102-97 lead after a three-point play by George.
Brooklyn raged back from a nine-point deficiency late in the subsequent quarter and were inside 58-57 significantly time after clever lay-ups by Harden and Irving in the last 35 seconds. The second from last quarter included eight lead changes and fours ties as Los Angeles revitalized from a six-point shortage in the last 4:20 and took a 90-88 lead on George’s 16-footer with 1.1 seconds remaining.
In Orlando, Fred VanVleet set a club precedent with 54 focuses, including a profession best 11 three-pointers in 14 endeavors, as the meeting Toronto Raptors crushed the Magic 123-108.
The past club record was 52 by DeMar DeRozan. He likewise scored the most focuses ever by an undrafted NBA player, outperforming the 53 scored by Moses Malone of the Houston Rockets against the then-San Diego Clippers in 1982.
Kyle Lowry added a triple-twofold with 14 points,10 bounce back and 10 helps.
VanVleet scored 17 focuses in the main quarter and had 28 focuses significantly time, as he went 8-for-9 from past the bend in the principal half. His past profession best for three-pointers in a game was seven. The group record for three-pointers in a game is 12, set by Donyell Marshall in 2005.
In Washington, Damian Lillard indented 32 focuses and eight helps to help the Portland Trail Blazers post a 132-121 triumph over the Wizards.
In Indianapolis, Domantas Sabonis shot 13 of 15 from the floor for a profession high-coordinating 32 focuses and the Indiana Pacers drove the Memphis Grizzlies wire to wire in a 134-116 defeat.