Mills, Durant star in Nets' NBA win

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Patty Mills has produced another shooting masterclass for Brooklyn, sinking a career-high nine three-pointers in their NBA win over Josh Giddey's Oklahoma City Thunder.

While Nets superstar Kevin Durant led all scorers with 33 points, Mills again provided the spark off the bench with 29 points in a 120-96 road win.

"I think tonight was one of those things where we played to how the defence was playing, and we were able to get the ball to touch the paint and then kick out which led to open shots," Mills said.

"For me the mindset, I always think about one of my closest friends that doesn't know a lot about basketball, but he always keeps it simple and says, 'just put the ball in the basket'. So that's what I remembered before the game tonight, and it's amazing because it's as simple as that sometimes."

The Boomers guard was virtually unstoppable from beyond the arc - making nine-of-12 attempts - as he set a franchise record for three-pointers off the bench.

"Patty had missed a few shots the last couple of games, so we knew he was due for a big night," Durant said.

"His work ethic is top of the line. It was a matter of time before he started knocking some of those down, and tonight he got it going.

"That's what we need, we're going to need guys to be aggressive to score the basketball and make plays. Our second unit did a solid job."

While Mills produced his best scoring performance since joining Brooklyn after a decade with San Antonio, fellow Australian Giddey struggled to have an impact.

The rookie guard finished with six points on 2-of-10 shooting and turned the ball over four times.

OKC fans booed Durant - who left the team after eight years for Golden State in 2016 - but that did little to put him off his game.

"There are a lot of great memories coming back, seeing a lot of people. It's good to see folks here and play in front of the crowd. I had a good time," Durant said.

James Harden, another former Thunder star, added 16 points and 13 assists for the Nets.

Elsewhere, Anthony Davis had 34 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers, still missing LeBron James with an abdominal strain, past the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 while the LA Clippers were beaten 100-90 by the Chicago Bulls.

Nikola Jokic missed out on his third straight triple-double, finishing with 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Denver Nuggets enjoyed a 124-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Trae Young scored a season-best 42 points as the Atlanta Hawks snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 121-110.

The Charlotte Hornets ended the winning streak of the Golden State Warriors at seven with a 106-102 home win and the Phoenix Suns cruised past the Houston Rockets 115-89.

With AP.

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