Kevin Durant scored 30 points, including the clinching jumper with 11 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Nets held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-105 on Friday night. Durant was 12 of 13 on free throws and Patty Mills added 23 points for the Nets, who won for the fifth time in six games and improved their Eastern Conference-leading record to 16-6. James Harden finished with 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
I don’t like to use the term moral victory, especially when you commit six turnovers in the first three and a half minutes of the game. But tonight was about as close to a moral victory as you could possibly get from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Especially with a rare lackluster effort from its best player that played tonight.
Durant ranks first in the NBA averaging 28.6 points per game and DeRozan ranks fourth in the league averaging 26.3 points per game. The Nets are 13-4 in conference matchups. Brooklyn is sixth in the league shooting 36.8% from downtown, led by Kessler Edwards shooting 50.0% from 3-point range.