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Durant’s Explosive Performance Leads Suns to Victory Against Nets

Jan 31, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) controls the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After a slow start, the Phoenix Suns put an end to the Nets’ two-game winning streak with a 136-120 victory in Brooklyn.

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Kevin Durant, who was honored with a tribute video before tipoff, erupted for 33 points on 10-16 shooting. This game marked the termination of a four-game stretch where KD scored 20 points or less, his longest such streak all season.

Following Durant’s performance was Jusuf Nurkic, who scored a season-high 28 points, including 17 in the first half. Nurkic showcased some dominant play inside the paint. Additionally, he played a crucial role in helping the Suns completely dominate the rebound battle.

The Suns had six players finish in double digits, shooting as a team at an impressive 62% clip, which included 14 made three-pointers.

While Brooklyn kept pace with Phoenix in the first half, the Suns began to pull away in the third quarter, fueled by their scorching hot shooting performance. Devin Booker went 4/4 in the third, Nurkic went 4/5, and Kevin Durant went 4/7.

At one point, the Suns were on a 24-6 run.

But, of course, there were some 4th quarter struggles, at least for a minute. Once holding a 21-point lead, the Nets cut it down to 10 points with a little less than 5 minutes remaining.

Then, a pair of threes from Eric Gordon and Devin Booker ultimately sealed the deal for Phoenix, prompting both teams to quickly empty their benches.

Up next for the Suns is a meeting with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. This will mark game 5 of their 7-game road trip, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 PM.

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