Nets rip Warriors; Jazz, Pacers triumph

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    KEVIN Durant scored 20 points in his return to the San Francisco Bay Area and Brooklyn’s “Big Three” were firing on all cylinders Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) as the Nets opened a Western Conference swing with a 134-117 victory over the host Golden State Warriors.

    Kyrie Irving paced the Nets with 23 points, and James Harden complemented a game-high 16 assists with 19 points, helping Brooklyn complete a dominant season-series sweep from the Warriors.

    Stephen Curry led all scorers with 27 points but shot just 2-for-9 from 3-point range as the Warriors misfired on 25 of their 34 3-point attempts. Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. backed Curry with 17 points apiece as the Warriors saw a two-game winning streak end.

    In the opener of a five-game trip, the Nets led by 15 at halftime, then busted the game open with a 42-point third quarter during which Irving had nine points and Durant eight while Harden assisted on six buckets and bombed in a pair of 3-pointers.

    In other games, it was the Jazz 112, Heat 94; Pacers 125, Hawks 113; Suns 120, Sixers 111; and Knicks 121, Rockets 99. – Field Level Media