Nets clinch second seed in East with easy win over Cavs – Reuters

Kevin Durant totaled 23 points, a season-high-tying 13 assists and 8 rebounds in 3 quarters as the Brooklyn Nets protected the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference with a wire-to-wire 123-109 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday night in New York.The Nets (48-24) ended the season on a five-game winning streak and edged out the Milwaukee Bucks for the second seed. He finished one shy of his profession best for assists set on Jan. 23, 2018 for the Golden State Warriors versus the New York Knicks.Kyrie Irving added 17 points on 7 of 11 from the field for the Nets and became the ninth gamer in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point variety and 90 percent from the free toss line.Mike James cracked in 14 points, Jeff Green contributed 13 and Bruce Brown and Landry Shamet ended up with 12 points as the Nets shot 56.6 percent and handed out 35 assists on a night they rested James Harden.Dean Wade and rookie Issac Okoro scored 18 points each for the Cavaliers (22-50), who ended the season with 13 losses in 14 games. After Cleveland cut the deficit to six points with under 3 minutes remaining, the Nets converted 4 dunks in the final 2:22 for a 67-56 lead by halftime.After ending the very first half by taking a feed off the backboard and throwing down a dunk on Brooklyns final belongings, Durant scored 13 points in the 3rd the Nets ended the quarter on a 17-6 run to take a 99-76 lead.