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NBA: Royce O’Neale’s triple-double lifts Nets over Blazers


    Royce O'Neale #00 and Nic Claxton #33 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrate after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 109-107 at the Moda Center on November 17, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.

Royce O’Neale #00 and Nic Claxton #33 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrate after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 109-107 at the Moda Center on November 17, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

Royce O’Neale completed the first triple double of his career by converting the head-to-head record with 0.7 seconds remaining as the Brooklyn Nets visitors won 109-107 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Five.

O’Neale has a total of 11 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds – and there’s no better game than how he ended Brooklyn’s last possession. After Jusuf Nurkic converted into a three-pointer with 6.5 seconds left, Kevin Durant missed with his left elbow at 21 feet and O’Neale jostled around Damian Lillard and Josh Hart to switch positions. dramatic battle.

After O’Neale’s clutch lap, he got his hands on Justise Winslow’s inward pass and, after replaying the game, officials set the clock to 0.1 seconds. The game ended when Durant made a pass inside.

Durant scored 35 points and became the 19th player to reach 26,000 early in his career in the third half. Yuta Watanabe added 20, including a 3-pointer that took Brooklyn to 106-101 with 1:47 remaining.

Ben Simmons scored his first brace into the net, collecting 15 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists before fouling. Joe Harris added 15 points as the Nets hit 50.6% and took the win for the fifth time in eight games after scoring 153 points on Tuesday in Sacramento.

Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 25 points and 11 assists but also shot eight of 24. Simons added 24 points and rookie Shaedon Sharpe contributed a career-high 20.

Portland shot just 6 of 23 in the fourth inning and hit 38.7% overall and took an 11-point lead.

Lillard’s change of position just before the whistle gave Portland a 61-57 lead after halftime, and the Blazers extended the lead to 82-71 thanks to Simons’ third half. minute. Brooklyn scored the next 14 points and led 85-82 in the fourth round when Watanabe hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left.

Portland led 95-90 thanks to two free throws from Lillard with 8:20 remaining, but Durant gave the Nets a 97-95 lead nearly two minutes later – and Brooklyn was never behind again.

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