Kevin Durant grew up within the Washington, D.C., space trying as much as Allen Iverson as he led Georgetown to back-to-back journeys to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Now the Nets ahead is trying down on the Hall of Famer from the top 25 of the NBA’s all-time scoring record.

“Iverson, he was in the Pantheon for me. One of those guys I emulated every time I went outside,” Durant mentioned on Wednesday evening after surpassing Iverson’s profession complete and main Brooklyn to a 123-104 victory over the Boston Celtics.

“To pass him on the list, to end up there with some of the greats on that list is incredible,” mentioned Durant, who entered the evening with 24,367 factors, one behind Iverson, and handed him on a jumper within the first two minutes. “I’ve just got to keep going.”

Patty Mills scored 23, and James Harden had 20 factors and 11 assists for Brooklyn. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 factors with 9 rebounds for the Nets, who’ve gained 4 in a row, seven out of eight and 12 of their final 14 video games.

Marcus Smart had 20 factors and eight assists for Boston, which had gained three in a row. Jayson Tatum had 15 factors and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who lower a 29-point, third-quarter result in 12 early within the fourth, however might get no nearer.

It was Brooklyn’s first go to to Boston since finishing a Game 4 victory within the first spherical of final season’s playoffs.

“It’s a quality road win against a team that’s been playing great basketball,” Nets coach Steve Nash mentioned.

The Nets opened an 11-point lead halfway by means of the primary quarter and led by as many as 17 within the second earlier than taking a 62-49 lead into the half. They scored 18 of the primary 21 factors within the third and led 97-68 earlier than Boston scored the final eight factors of the quarter.

Boston scored the primary eight factors within the fourth to chop it to 97-85. But Mills assisted on James Johnson’s jumper, then hit a 3-pointer to increase the lead.

KEEP IT DOWN

Nash had simply completed explaining how these Nets have been the quietest group he’s ever had when a ruckus erupted from the coaches’ locker room subsequent door.

“Keep it down in there,” guard James Harden mentioned with fun, banging on the wall as he adopted Nash within the postgame news convention. “I’m doing media.”

Nash mentioned he’s beginning to really feel his group change into extra vocal.

“They’re one of the quietest teams I’ve ever been around,” he mentioned. “We’re not a loud group, but the spirit is growing. The guys are starting to come together and find the joy in playing together.”

OLD FRIENDS

The final time Brooklyn visited Boston, ex-Celtic Kyrie Irving was hit with a water bottle because the group left the courtroom. Irving has not performed this season on account of his refusal to adjust to COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

New Celtics coach Ime Udoka was a Nets assistant final season. Harden stopped by the Boston bench earlier than the sport for a handshake, however Durant most well-liked to change trash speak with the coach who was additionally an assistant on the U.S. Olympic group.

“Coming into Boston’s a tough place to play,” Durant mentioned. “Now that Ime’s here makes it even sweeter.”

MORE MILESTONES

Tatum went 1 for 9 from 3-point vary, however his make gave him 650 in his profession and moved him forward of Larry Bird and into fifth on the Celtics’ all-time record. Smart, who made three on Wednesday, is fourth with 702.

TIP-INS

Next up on the scoring record for Durant is Ray Allen, who has 24,505 factors. … Hall of Famer Bill Russell was on the sport, sitting courtside beneath the basket on the Nets finish of the courtroom. … Udoka picked up a technical foul leaving the courtroom at halftime. Durant shot the free throw earlier than the beginning of the third quarter, and missed it. … Harden stopped by the Boston bench earlier than the sport to say howdy to Udoka, who was a Nets assistant final season.

UP NEXT

Nets: Host Phoenix on Saturday.

Celtics: Play at San Antonio on Friday evening.