Credit: AP - Scanpix
Credit AP - Scanpix

Kevin Durant had 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists as the short-handed Brooklyn Nets (20-8) outlasted the Toronto Raptors (13-15) for a 131-129 (33-32, 33-24, 25-44, 29-20, 11-9) overtime victory Tuesday night in New York.

Player of the Game
Kevin  Durant
EFF
37
Kevin Durant
Points 34
Accuracy 12-29
Rebounds 13
Assists 11

The Nets rallied from an 11-point deficit on a night when they had eight players available due to seven players being placed in the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocol.

LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre' Bembry, Jevon Carter, James Johnson and Paul Millsap were declared out for the game Tuesday morning. About an hour before the opening tip, Bruce Brown and James Harden entered the protocol.

Durant, who was listed as questionable with a sore right ankle after scoring 51 points Sunday in Detroit, produced his 14th career regular-season triple-double and second this season.

Durant shot 12 of 29 from the field in 48 minutes as the Nets won for the fourth time in five games.

Patty Mills added a season-high 30 points by hitting seven 3-pointers as the Nets shot 48.5 percent.

Rookie Kessler Edwards added a career-best 17 points and 10 boards in his third career game while Nic Claxton contributed 16 points.

Fred VanVleet paced the Raptors with 31 points, scoring 16 points in Toronto's 44-point third quarter that gave the visitors a 100-91 lead into the fourth. Gary Trent Jr. and Pascal Siakam added 25 apiece and rookie Scottie Barnes finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds as Toronto shot 45.7 percent.

The Nets held a 117-111 lead when Mills hit a 3-pointer with 4:43 remaining, but Toronto scored the next nine points for a 120-117 lead on Trent's 3-pointer with 1:21 left. Brooklyn tied the game when Mills beat the shot clock with an off-balance 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds left, and regulation ended after VanVleet missed an 18-footer with three-tenths of a second left.

3-pointers this season

34%
11,6
Points made: 11,6
Accuracy: 34,2%
Place in standings: 22
Record max: 18
Record min: 6
Most made 3FGs: Fred VanVleet

Toronto took a 124-120 lead on Siakam's layup with 4:17 remaining in overtime, but the Nets scored the next eight points. Durant hit three mid-range jumpers before Mills hit a difficult 16-footer for a 128-124 lead with 2:08 remaining.

The Nets held a 128-126 lead when VanVleet missed a floater with 41.3 seconds left. Durant then missed a 17-footer with 14.2 seconds remaining, but rookie David Duke Jr. grabbed the offensive rebound and hit two free throws with 10.3 seconds left to make it a four-point game.

VanVleet's 3-pointer made it 130-129 with 5.4 seconds remaining, and Mills split two free throws with 3.3 seconds to go. The game ended with Barnes' jumper bouncing off the top of the rim at the buzzer.

Brooklyn Nets: Kevin Durant 34 (12/29 FG, 8/8 FT, 13 REB, 11 AST, 4 TO), Patrick Mills 30 (10/20 FG, 3/4 FT, 4 REB, 2 AST, 3 TO), Kessler Edwards 17 (7/12 FG, 7 REB), Nicolas Claxton 16 (8/10 FG, 7 REB), Blake Griffin 13 (4/6 FG, 5 REB, 6 AST, 2 ST).

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet 31 (10/23 FG, 5/5 FT, 4 REB, 9 AST, 2 ST, 4 TO), Gary Trent 25 (9/19 FG, 1/2 FT, 2 REB, 5 AST, 3 ST), Pascal Siakam 25 (12/21 FG, 1/2 FT, 6 REB, 2 AST), Scottie Barnes 23 (7/13 FG, 6/8 FT, 12 REB, 5 AST).

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Brooklyn Nets
Toronto Raptors
49%
50/103
Field goals
46%
48/105
69
Rebounds
51
28
Assists
26
7
Steals
6
74%
17/23
Free throws
79%
15/19
143
Efficiency
124

Best players

Kevin  Durant
34 PTS
12/29 FG
8/8 FT
Fred  VanVleet
31 PTS
10/23 FG
5/5 FT
Brooklyn Nets
Few players
13 REB
Scottie  Barnes
12 REB
5 DREB
7 OREB
Kevin  Durant
11 As
4 TO
48 MIN
Fred  VanVleet
9 As
4 TO
47 MIN
Kevin  Durant
37 EFF
48% 2P%
25% 3P%
Fred  VanVleet
28 EFF
44% 2P%
43% 3P%