Nets show might, outclass Bulls; Knicks, Heat triumph

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets is fouled by DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls. (AFP)

Celtics 119, Pacers 100

Hornets 109, 76ers 98

Wizards 112, Magic 106

Heat 115, Hawks 91

Knicks 108, Mavericks 85

Rockets 128, Spurs 124

Cavaliers 111, Jazz 91

Nets 138, Bulls 112

Kings 125, Lakers 116

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Brooklyn showed just how dangerous they can be with their “Big Three” on Wednesday, manhandling the Bulls 138-112 in Chicago in a clash of the top teams in the NBA Eastern Conference.

James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets smile on the bench. (AFP)

The Nets had Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving on the floor for just the second game this season and the superstar trio didn’t disappoint.

Durant scored 27 points, Harden added 25 points and a season-high 16 assists and Irving chipped in with nine points in his third game of the season.

Irving made his debut in January after the Nets decided they would let the unvaccinated player join the team for road trips even though New York’s vaccine mandate means he can’t play home games in Brooklyn.

While Irving may still be finding his feet, Durant delivered another dominant performance, scoring 17 points in the third quarter.

The Bulls, trailing by two at halftime, pulled level at 71-71 early in the third, but the Nets outscored them 39-19 in the frame to take a 101-79 lead into the fourth.

Harden, back after missing one game with a hyper-extended knee, drained five three-pointers. Patty Mills made six from beyond the arc on the way to 21 points as the Nets — beaten twice already this season by Chicago — edged closer to the Bulls atop the East.

“These last 10 games we’ve been up and down, so we wanted to come out against a really good team who’ve been playing very, very good basketball and execute and play really good on both ends of the ball,” Harden said. “I think we did that.”

Knicks foil Mavs

Knicks forward RJ Barrett starred again on Wednesday, scoring 32 points to lead New York to a 108-85 victory over Dallas that halted the Mavericks’ six-game NBA winning streak.

The 21-year-old Barrett posted his second straight 30-point game, after scoring 31 in a rout of San Antonio on Monday.

Mitchell Robinson added a season-high 19 ­ including three dunks in a third-quarter dominated by the Knicks.

All five Knicks starters scored in double figures.

That included Julius Randle, who chipped in 17 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and handed out eight assists in a performance that will likely go some way to easing his recent strained relations with New York fans he had chastised for booing the struggling home side.

Luka Doncic led the Mavs with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

But Dallas ­ which halted the Chicago Bulls’ nine-game winning streak on Sunday — struggled offensively.

Heat scorch Hawks

The Miami Heat again found a way to win with stars Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler sidelined, beating the Hawks 115-91 in Atlanta.

Tyler Herro led the Heat with 21 points, one of seven Miami players to score in double figures.

Caleb Martin added 18, and Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent added 14 points apiece off the bench as the Heat shook off a slow start to post a second straight double-digit win.

The Heat held Hawks star Trae Young to 15 points on four-of-15 shooting. They’ll try to double-down on the Hawks when they open a four-game homestand against them on Friday.

The Boston Celtics shrugged off their recent road woes with a 119-100 victory over the Pacers in Indianapolis.

Jaylen Brown scored 34 points and pulled down seven rebounds, and Jayson Tatum contributed 33 points for the Celtics, who had lost their last six games on the road.

They beat the Pacers for the second time in three days, seizing control early and keeping the accelerator down.

Boston jumped to a 10-point lead and led 54-49 at halftime. They out-scored the Pacers 33-22 in the third quarter and led by as many as 24 in the fourth as they powered to the line.

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Written by Tempo Desk

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