Los Angeles Times

Durant leads Suns over Mavericks in showcase


Kevin Durant scored 37 points, including the tiebreakin­g jumper with 11 seconds to go, to lift the Phoenix Suns to a 130-126 victory over the host Dallas Mavericks in a thrilling showcase of stars for both teams.

The first meeting between Durant and Dallas’ Kyrie Irving since they were traded by Brooklyn before the deadline last month was even when Durant pulled up over Tim Hardaway Jr. and Irving for the lead.

Luka Doncic had 34 points for Dallas, but his point-blank shot for a tie rimmed out before he fouled Durant after the rebound with 3.5 seconds remaining.

Immanuel Quickley scored a career-high 38 points, playing 55 minutes in place of injured starter Jalen Brunson, and the New York Knicks outlasted the host Boston Celtics 131-129 in two overtimes for their season-high ninth straight victory. Brunson missed the game because of soreness in his left foot . ... Giannis Antetokoun­mpo scored 23 points, had a season-high 13 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds for his fourth-triple double of the season, and the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted the host Washington Wizards 117-111 . ... Mikal Bridges went nine for nine in a 19-point first quarter, finishing with 33 points to lead the host Brooklyn Nets to a 102-86 victory over the Charlotte Hornets . ... Damian Lillard scored eight of his 41 points from the foul line in the final three minutes to the lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-119 road win over the Orlando Magic . ... Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 38 points and seven rebounds in his return from a five-game absence, and the Oklahoma City Thunder led all the way while beating the visiting Utah Jazz 129-119.

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