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NETS 109- MAGIC 102

The Nets have been many things this season, but one thing they haven’t been in a long while is at .500 with the arrow pointing up. Yeah, it’s been a slog this year with the myriad number of distractions and issues that have propped up in the young season. But on Monday it was actually about something different, yet familiar: Kevin Durant.

The All-Star forward had a tremendous evening, posting a season-high 45 points, including a third quarter where he was 8-of-9 for 19 points in Brooklyn’s 109-102 victory over the Orlando Magic.

In short it was the kind of game the Nets needed, as they stand at 11-11 on the year.

Durant’s highlights include breaking a “60-all tie with a pair of baskets during an 8-0 run that helped the Nets take a 68-60 lead with 7:41 left in the third quarter. He later sparked a 10-0 spurt down the stretch with seven points of his own and a block that gave the Nets an 87-76 lead heading into fourth quarter,” ESPN.

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving netted 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting, while Nick Claxton and Joe Harris each contributed 17 points.

The Nets (11-11) host Washington on Wednesday.

The Knicks (9-11) will play a back-to-back beginning tonight in Detroit, and concluding at home against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

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