Durant, Irving pilot Nets past Cavaliers, 125-117; highlights and box score
CLEVLAND, OH —— Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving each scored 32 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 125-117 for their ninth-straight win on Monday night. Darius Garland tallied a game-high 46 points to lead the way for the Cavaliers in what was an entertaining battle at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Durant, who made 10 of 18 shots from the field and connected on five 3-pointers, also had nine rebounds and five assists before picking up his sixth personal foul and had to leave the contest for good late in the fourth quarter. Irving, who took over on the offense to close things out after Durant fouled out, went hit seven 3-pointers and went 11 of 19 overall from the field. He also had five assists and four rebounds.
T.J. Warren added 23 points off the bench with eight rebounds, while Royce O'Neale, Nic Claxton and Yuta Watanabe all scored 10 points a piece for Brooklyn (22-12) which won for the 13th time in the last 14 games overall. Brooklyn also tied the Boston Celtics for the league's longest winning streak this season. Read more: Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers team starting lineups
Durant and Irving drew the spotlight for the win, but Garland was equally as impressive in the defeat tonight for the Cavaliers after he went toe-to-toe with one of the hottest teams in the league on his way to making 14 of 20 shots from the field, hitting five 3-pointers and dished out eight assists. Garland also made 13 of his 15 attempts from the free-throw line.
Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging over 28 points per game this season, was held to under 20 points for the second successive game. He finished with 15 points tonight and five assists. Evan Mobley added 12 points and six rebounds, Cedi Osman scored 11 points and Jarrett Allen ended with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland (22-13).
Monday night's win extended the Nets' longest winning streak since a franchise-record 14-game run dating from March 12-April 6, 2006. The team was based in New Jersey at the that time.
Meanwhile, Durant moved past Tim Duncan for No. 15 on the all-time scoring list and finished the night with 26,516 career points.
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