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Durant breaks late tie with 3, Nets lead Raptors

Associated Press (AP) — Kevin Durant broke a tie with a 3-pointer with 56 seconds left and had 27 points to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 109-105 on Friday night.

Durant’s 3 gave Brooklyn a 105-102 lead. Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 30 points.

Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Fred VanVleet added 18 points and Scottie Barnes 17.

VanVleet’s jumper with 38 seconds left brought the Raptors within one. But Royce O’Neale’s 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining sealed the victory.

The Nets trailed 79-69 late in the third quarter, but Patty Mills’ 3-pointer capped a 9-0 run as Brooklyn trailed 79-78 after three quarters. The streak continued into the final quarter, with Brooklyn scoring the first eight points to go ahead 86-79.

Irving was called for his fifth foul with 7:08 to go, but Brooklyn contested the call and it was reversed to an offensive foul on Scottie Barnes. Irving then hit a 3 and Nic Claxton followed with a drive-thru layup to give the Nets their biggest lead of the game, 100-88.

However, OG Anunoby’s 3-pointer with 1:46 remaining capped a 12-0 run in Toronto and tied it.

TIPS

Raptors: VanVleet needs just one 3-pointer to tie Morris Peterson (801) for second on the Raptors career roster. Kyle Lowry holds the franchise record at 1,518.

Nets: The Nets’ 130-108 loss to New Orleans on Wednesday was their ninth opener loss in the last 10 years. … Brooklyn hasn’t started an 0-2 season since 2015-16.

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New Jersey’s Joe Harris returned to the field for the first time since injuring his left ankle against Oklahoma City on Nov. 14. He entered the game with six minutes left in the first quarter. Harris’ first shot was an air ball at 3:51, but then he connected on a 3-pointer at 2:39. “I wanted to try to play the first game, but it just wasn’t where I was supposed to play. I just needed a little more time.

NEXT

Raptors: In Miami Saturday night.

Nets: In Memphis on Monday evening.

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