Kevin Durant scores 39 points, Nets beat Wizards 113-107

Could Kyle Kuzma be an option for the Knicks?
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots against Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in New York.
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Kevin Durant scored 39 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Washington Wizards 113-107 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

Durant was 13 for 20 from the field and hit all 11 of his free throws in 37 minutes after scoring a season-high 45 points Monday night in a victory over Orlando.

Kyrie Irving added 27 points and Joe Harris had 14. Brooklyn has won five in a row at home.

Kristaps Porzingis had 27 points and 19 rebounds for Washington. Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma each had 25 points for the Wizards, who have lost four of their last five games.

Brooklyn led by just three points at the start of the fourth quarter before pulling away with an 11-5 run while Durant rested on the bench.

Irving’s 3-point play extended the Nets’ lead to 88-81 with 8:54 left. He then hit a 3-pointer to make it 93-84 and force the Wizards to call a timeout with 7:17 remaining.

The Wizards managed to make it a five-point game on a pair of free throws from Jordan Goodwin. Brooklyn then went on a 10-4 spurt capped by Irving’s second 3 of the quarter that put the Nets up 105-94 with 2:15 left.

Kuzma made a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 111-107 with eight seconds, but Durant was fouled on the ensuing possession and hit a pair of free throws.

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Wizards: Washington outrebounded the Nets 51-34. … The Wizards have lost four consecutive road games.

Nets: Ben Simmons will miss at least the next three games with what the Nets said is a strained left upper calf. Coach Jacque Vaughn said before the game that Simmons was feeling pain in the back of his knee when he asked to come out of their victory over Orlando on Monday night. The injury turned out to be the calf, not the knee. Simmons also will miss home games against Toronto on Friday and Boston on Sunday before he is reassessed.


Wizards: At Charlotte on Friday night.

Nets: Host Toronto on Friday night.