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

Kevin Durant totaled 23 points, a season-high-tying 13 helps and 8 rebounds in three quarters as the Brooklyn Nets secured the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference with a wire-to-wire 123-109 success 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 ended up one shy of his career best for assists set on Jan. 23, 2018 for the Golden State Warriors against the New York Knicks.Kyrie Irving included 17 points on 7 of 11 from the field for the Nets and became the ninth player in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the complimentary throw line.Mike James broke in 14 points, Jeff Green contributed 13 and Bruce Brown and Landry Shamet finished 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 novice Issac Okoro scored 18 points each for the Cavaliers (22-50), who ended the season with 13 losses in 14 video games. After Cleveland cut the deficit to six points with under three minutes remaining, the Nets transformed four dunks in the last 2:22 for a 67-56 lead by halftime.After ending the first half by taking a feed off the backboard and throwing down a dunk on Brooklyns final possession, Durant scored 13 points in the 3rd the Nets ended the quarter on a 17-6 run to take a 99-76 lead.