Kevin Durant’s career-high 55 factors couldn’t stop the Brooklyn Nets struggling a 122-115 loss to the Atlantic Hawks which snuffed out their final slim hope of a top-six end within the NBA’s Jap Convention.
As an alternative the Nets, residence of Australian star Patty Mills and among the many title favourites coming into the season, are locked into the post-season play-in match contested by the groups from seventh to tenth.
Trae Younger scored 36 factors, together with 9 within the ultimate minute, to steer (Atlanta (41-37) into eighth place within the East, a recreation forward of Brookyn and (40-38) and Charlotte.
“I am not apprehensive about that,” Durant stated of his private scoring file. “I am simply mad on the loss.”
The Hawks, trying to regain the late-season momentum which pushed them to the final 12 months’s Jap Convention finals, have gained 10 of 13.
Amongst his 55 factors, Durant set one other profession excessive by making eight 3-pointers whereas Kyrie Irving added 31 factors.
However the Nets had no different scorer in double figures whereas lacking two starters and one other prime backup. Mills began and performed 31 minutes with out scoring.
Backup level guard Goran Dragic didn’t play after he was positioned within the NBA’s well being and security protocols with COVID-19 signs.
Brooklyn’s backcourt depth took one other hit when starter Seth Curry was dominated out with a sore left ankle minutes befoire the sport and the Nets additionally have been with out beginning ahead Bruce Brown (flu).