Kevin Durant scored 31 points on 11-for-15 shooting to lead the short-handed Brooklyn Nets to a comfortable 127-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday in Minneapolis.
Kevin Durant led the Nets to victory over the Timberwolves with 31 points (11-15 FG, 4-6 3pt FG), four rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes of play
The Nets snapped a five-game losing streak at Minnesota and beat the Timberwolves for the second time in the past 16 days.
The game was played without any fans in attendance at the Target Center after being rescheduled from Monday in the wake of the police shooting of Daunte Wright, which sparked protests around the city of Minneapolis.
Highlights of the Brooklyn Nets against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Week 17 of the NBA
In his third game back after missing the previous 23 with a hamstring strain, Durant played 27-plus minutes and led a Nets squad which was without James Harden (right hamstring strain), Kyrie Irving (personal reasons), LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) and Tyler Johnson (right knee soreness).
Brooklyn shot 46-for-91 (50.5 percent) from the field including 15-for-36 from 3-point range and recorded 31 assists, marking its 19th game this season with 30 or more. The Nets cruised from the second quarter on against Minnesota, who were without center Karl-Anthony Towns.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said pregame that Towns opted out of playing on Tuesday to spend time with his family as he mourns the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death as a result of COVID-19.
Rookie Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 27 points and eight rebounds while D’Angelo Russell finished with 15 points off the bench.