Durant, Thompson torch Nets in the third as Golden State avoids upset ax against Brooklyn
Kevin Durant had 11 of his 26 points in the third quarter to help the Warriors turn an ugly start to an easy finish. AP 

KEVIN Durant and Klay Thompson turned it up in the third quarter to spare the Golden State Warriors blushes against the Brooklyn Nets, pulling away late with a 117-101 win at the Barclays Center on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

The Warriors were held down to 16 points in the second quarter, as the Nets took a 65-49 lead at the break. Brook Lopez exploded for 23 first-half points against a Golden State defense without Draymond Green, who did not travel with the team due to the birth of his son.

But Durant and Thompson teamed up in the third to lead a sizzling Golden State run after the break. The Warriors went on a 24-5 run to take a 73-70 lead at the 5:16 mark of the quarter. And the Golden State bench stepped up to close the period strong with an 88-84 advantage. Durant and Thompson outscored the entire Nets team in the third, 22-19.

Golden State never trailed the rest of the way, pulling away from a 96-91 tally near the midway point of the fourth quarter with a 21-10 surge to close out the win.

Durant led the league-best Warriors, now at 26-4 after their sixth straight win, with 26 points. Thompson added 23, while Steph Curry and Zaza Pachulia each had 15.

Brooklyn lost its fourth game in a row despite getting 28 points from Brook Lopez. Sean Kilpatrick and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 14 and 13 markers, respectively. 

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