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Durant leads Nets to victory with 20 points against Golden State Warriors

The two-time NBA champion was returning after missing the past three games while in quarantine.

In Summary

• The forward spent three seasons as a member of the Warriors before leaving in 2019.

• Elsewhere, Western Conference leaders the Utah Jazz claimed their seventh victory in a row with a 112-94 win over the Miami Heat.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant dribbles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) Cary Edmondson
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant dribbles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) Cary Edmondson
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Kevin Durant fired the Brooklyn Nets to a 134-117 victory against former team the Golden State Warriors, scoring 20 points.

The two-time NBA champion was returning after missing the past three games while in quarantine.

“I loved my time here, I loved playing for this team, but I’m glad we got a good W,” said Durant.

The forward spent three seasons as a member of the Warriors before leaving in 2019.

Durant won titles with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018, earning NBA Finals MVP honours each year before suffering a torn Achilles tendon in the 2019 championship series and then departing for the Nets.

Kyrie Irving paced the Nets with 23 points, and James Harden provided a game-high 16 assists and 19 points, helping Brooklyn complete a dominant win in the new arena in San Francisco that the Warriors moved into last season.

Elsewhere, Western Conference leaders the Utah Jazz claimed their seventh victory in a row with a 112-94 win over the Miami Heat.

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points, Bojan Bogdanovic 19 and Rudy Gobert 16 points for the Jazz.

The New York Knicks defeated the Houston Rockets 121-99, Immanuel Quickley scoring 22 points, including three critical second-half three-pointers for the Knicks.

And the Indiana Pacers overcame the Atlanta Hawks 125-113 with Aaron Holiday coming off the bench to score a season-high 18 points and help the Pacers come back from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit.