BOSTON (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 21 points to pass Allen Iverson for 25th on the NBA’s all-time scorers list, and the Brooklyn Nets dominated the Boston Celtics 123-104 on Wednesday night.
Patty Mills added 23 points and James Harden finished with 20 points and 11 assists for Brooklyn, which has won four straight games, seven of its last eight and 12 of its last 14. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points and picked up nine boards.
Marcus Smart finished with 20 points and eight assists for Boston, which saw a three-game win streak broken. Jayson Tatum finished with 15 points and eight boards for the Celtics, who cut a 29-point deficit in the third quarter to just 12 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get any closer.
The Nets opened an 11-point gap midway through the first quarter and were up 17 in the second before coming into the break up 62-49. They scored 18 of the first 21 points of the third period and went 97-68 before Boston scored the last eight units of the period.
The Celtics scored the first eight points of the final quarter to get closer to 97-85. But Mills assisted James Johnson on a long-range shot and later added a 3-pointer to increase the difference.
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