Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving passes to forward Jeff Green, lower right, over Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac and guard Reggie Jackson during the first quarter Tuesday night in New York. Kathy Willens/Associated Press

NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 39 points, including eight straight in the fourth-quarter run that sent Brooklyn into the lead for good, and the Nets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-120 on Tuesday night.

Kevin Durant added 28 points, James Harden had 23 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, and the three stars scored all the points in the decisive 13-0 spurt. The Nets held on from there to snap the Clippers’ three-game winning streak.

Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and Paul George had 26 for the Clippers, who entered with the NBA’s best record and lost for just the second time in 12 games.

They had a five-point lead midway through the fourth before Durant hit a 3-pointer, Irving followed with one of his own, then made a basket and another 3. Harden finished off the spurt with a 3, making it 110-102 with 4:10 to play.

The Clippers got it down to one in the final seconds before Irving’s free throws closed it out.

TRAIL BLAZERS 132, WIZARDS 121: Damian Lillard scored 32 points, Gary Trent Jr. added 26 in hitting seven 3-pointers and Portland won at Washington.


Enes Kanter had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Portland, which improved to 2-2 on its six-game trip.

Carmelo Anthony had 21 points off the bench and Robert Covington added 19 for the Blazers, who have been without starters CJ McCollum (foot), Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) and Derrick Jones Jr. (foot) for at least three games each.

Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for Washington, the only NBA team without five victories this season.

RAPTORS 123, MAGIC 108: Fred VanVleet set a franchise record with 54 points and hit a career-best 11 3-pointers as visiting Toronto beat short-handed Orlando.

VanVleet made 11 of his first 12 attempts from 3-point range. He finished 17 of 23 from the field and 9 for 9 at the free-throw line to surpass the previous Raptors record of 52 points scored by DeMar DeRozan on Jan. 1, 2018.

The fifth-year guard out of Wichita State easily topped his previous high of 36 points set last season by scoring 17 in the first quarter, 11 in the second, 18 in the third and six more in the fourth before being lifted after the outcome was decided.


VanVleet’s previous best for 3s in a regular-season game was seven. He made eight in a playoff game last October against Brooklyn.

PACERS 134, GRIZZLIES 116: Domantas Sabonis had a season-high 32 points and 13 rebounds as host Indiana ended Memphis’ seven-game winning streak.

The Pacers bulit a double-digit lead early and kept adding to it, finishing with a season-high point total.


THUNDER: Point guard George Hill had a procedure on his right thumb and will be out of action for at least four weeks.

Hill joined the Thunder in the four-team deal that sent Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams to New Orleans. He is averaging 11.8 points and 3.1 assists per game in 14 games. He is shooting 50.8% from the field and 38.6% percent on 3-pointers.

SUNS: The Phoenix Suns will allow fans to attend a home game for the first time this season when they host the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

The team says up to 1,500 fans will be allowed into Phoenix Suns Arena, which underwent a major renovation during the offseason. Sunday’s game will include free tickets for health care workers and their families, who will also get 40% percent off items in the team shop.

Fans who attend games will be required to submit an online questionnaire about COVID-19 exposure. All fans must wear masks except when eating or drinking and social distancing will be practiced throughout the arena.

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