Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Credit David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Patty Mills scored 23 points, Kevin Durant added 21 points and eight assists as the Brooklyn Nets (14-5) routed the host Boston Celtics (10-9) 123-104 (29-22, 33-27, 35-27, 26-28) on Wednesday night.

Player of the Game
James  Harden
EFF
23
James Harden
Points 20
Accuracy 4-13
Rebounds 7
Assists 11

James Harden totaled 20 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds for the Nets, who have won four straight and seven of their past eight games.

Durant's first basket, on a pull-up jumper at 10:05 of the opening quarter, moved him past Allen Iverson (24,368 points) into 25th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Durant finished the night with 24,388 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and nine boards and Cam Thomas chipped in 13 points for Brooklyn.

Marcus Smart finished with 20 points and eight assists to pace the Celtics. Boston's leading scorer, Jayson Tatum, made just 4 of 16 shots to wind up with 15 points, and Dennis Schroder had just 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting.

The Celtics shot just 37.4 percent (34-for-91) from the floor and 22.9 percent (11-for-48) from the 3-point range.

Celtics All-Star Jaylen Brown scored 13 points after being a game-time decision due to injury management. Brown had 19 points in Boston's win over the Houston Rockets on Monday after missing eight games with a right hamstring strain.

Boston center Robert Williams III and guard Josh Richardson both missed the game with non-COVID illnesses.

Brooklyn led 62-49 at halftime and was up by as many as 29 points in the third quarter. Boston cut it to 12 early in the fourth, but the Nets scored the next five points.

Al Horford's 3-pointer at 10:26 of the first quarter tied the game at 3 before Durant's jumper gave Brooklyn the lead for good.

Boston visits San Antonio on Friday night as it plays seven of its next eight games away from home. Brooklyn opens a four-game homestand against Phoenix on Saturday.

Nets: Patty Mills 23, Kevin Durant 21 (4 REB, 8 AST), James Harden 20 (7 REB, 11 AST), LaMarcus Aldridge 17 (9 REB), Cam Thomas 13.

Celtics: Marcus Smart 20 (8 AST), Jason Tatum 15 (8 REB), Jalen Brown 13 (5 REB), Dennis Schroder 10 (6 REB, 6 AST).

Kevin Durant's performance

Patty Mills' performance

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Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
37%
34/91
Field goals
51%
43/85
50
Rebounds
59
25
Assists
29
6
Steals
8
24
Fouls
23
53%
23/43
2-pointers
58%
29/50

Best players

Marcus  Smart
20 PTS
6/14 FG
5/5 FT
Patrick  Mills
23 PTS
8/12 FG
0/0 FT
Jayson  Tatum
8 REB
4 DREB
4 OREB
DeAndre  Bembry
10 REB
9 DREB
1 OREB
Marcus  Smart
8 As
1 TO
36 MIN
James  Harden
11 As
3 TO
36 MIN
Marcus  Smart
22 EFF
50% 2P%
38% 3P%
James  Harden
23 EFF
0% 2P%
44% 3P%