Brooklyn Nets marquee player Kevin Durant returned to the side only the lead his side by scoring 33 points alongside Kyrie Irving who score game high 34 points as Brooklyn Nets beat Phoenix Suns 128-119. Kevin Durant had missed 3 games as he had bruised his thigh early in a loss against Miami Heat. Blake Griffin too chipped in with 15 points to improve Brooklyn Nets tally to 20-6 against Western Conference teams.
Talking about the Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker scored 36 points and Deandre Ayton had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the away team, the No. 2 team in the West who are seeing the best of the East on their current road trip.
Kevin Durant scores 33 in minutes reduction as Brooklyn Nets cruise past Phoenix Suns
They led for much of the first half but Brooklyn Nets pulled away after halftime, when Kevin Durant played his normal minutes after not coming into the game until four minutes into the second quarter so the Nets could keep his minutes down so he could play down the stretch if it was close.
The Nets were 2-2 while playing almost entirely without Kevin Durant in their previous four. But things change when the four-time scoring champion is on the floor.
With Ayton getting 10 points and 10 rebounds in his first 14 minutes of the floor, the Phoenix Suns led throughout the second quarter and went ahead 56-43 with about 3 1/2 minutes left. Brooklyn cut it to 61-59 at the break.
However, Kyrie Irving made his first four shots Sunday and never really cooled off. He had 24 points on just seven field goal attempts in the first half, tying his highest-scoring half of the season and added 12 assists.