NBA: Kevin Durant drops 53 points, clutch 3-pointer as Nets top Knicks
Kevin Durant highlighted a season-high 53-point performance by hitting the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 56.3 seconds remaining as the host Brooklyn Nets edged the New York Knicks 110-107 Sunday afternoon in New York.
Durant made 19 of 37 shots and his biggest hoop snapped a 103-103 tie. After Goran Dragic’s defense forced New York’s Julius Randle into a turnover, Durant spotted up from the left wing opposite New York’s bench and cleanly hit a 3-pointer over RJ Barrett.
Following a timeout, Randle converted a dunk to make it 106-105 with 48.4 seconds left and Durant missed a 3-pointer on the next possession. Jericho Sims secured the defensive rebound, giving the Knicks a chance at regaining the lead.
After New York called a timeout, Evan Fournier’s pass was intercepted by Bruce Brown with 9.2 seconds left. Durant hit two free throws with 6.6 seconds left after landing on the first row while being fouled by Alec Burks.
Two free throws by Barrett brought the Knicks within 108-107 with 2.6 seconds left. Durant hit two more at the line with 1.8 ticks left and the game ended when Randle fumbled a pass by Barrett at the buzzer.