Kevin Durant hits game-winner in win over Kyrie Irving, Mavericks
DALLAS – Kevin Durant scored 37 points, including a tiebreaking jumper with 11 seconds left, to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 130-126 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday in a thrilling display of stars for both teams.
The first meeting between Durant and Dallas’ Kyrie Irving since being traded by Brooklyn before the deadline last month was when Durant passed Tim Hardaway Jr. and Irving for the lead.
Luka Doncic had 34 points for Dallas, but his point-blank shot for the tie went out before Durant was fouled after a rebound with 3.5 seconds left.
After the game ended, Doncic and Devin Booker, who had scored 36 points, went nose-to-nose, and both were issued technical fouls before Durant made two free throws to clinch the win. planted
It was the 14th technical of the season for Doncic, two shy of the threshold for a one-game suspension.
Irving scored 30 points since he last faced Durant, when his Boston Celtics beat Durant and his Golden State Warriors 128-95.
Phoenix’s win left the teams tied in the season series, opening the playoff seedings below top-seeded Denver in the Western Conference.
Chris Paul scored eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter for one of several tiebreaking or go-ahead buckets for both teams.
Phoenix forward Ish Wainwright, who was a role player 100 miles down the road from Dallas at Baylor before a brief stint as a tight end for the Bears, went 5 for 5 from 3-point range for 12 points in the second half. Done at 4.
Durant was 12 of 17 from the field and 10 of 11 from the line in his first 30-point performance in three games since joining the Suns in a blockbuster deal with the Nets that came just days after the Mavs acquired Irving.
Phoenix is 3-0 with Durant, while Dallas fell to 3-6 after Irving joined the club. The Mavs are 2-3 on a six-game homestand, their longest of the season.