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Patty Mills stars as Nets defeat Wizards

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Mills hits five 3s in 21-point outing (1:47)

Patty Mills equalled his season-high with the Nets, dropping 21 points against the Wizards. (1:47)

Patty Mills was at his "annoying" best for Brooklyn in a 104-90 NBA defeat of Washington, as the stacked Nets outfit improved to 2-2 this season.

The Australian scored 21 points in 23 minutes, sinking five of nine three-point attempts, in a game that Brooklyn led by 18 at quarter time before hanging on despite a sloppy second half.

Former San Antonio favourite Mills historically made his first 10 three-point shots across the first two games for his new team, before going cold in a Monday loss to Charlotte in the Nets' Barclays Centre home opener.

A first-half barrage on Tuesday meant there was no repeat though - Mills' 16 three-pointers the second-most by any player in their first four NBA games for a team.

His efforts off the bench have helped to offset the controversial absence of star guard Kyrie Irving, who has been left on the sidelines until he agrees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Mills added two rebounds, three assists and a cheeky steal from Bradley Beal under the basket in the fourth quarter that delighted home fans and all-but sealed the victory.

"(I'm) trying to insert that energy that the game needs, create that juice, that atmosphere and be infectious that way and have an impact on the game," Mills said post-game.

"Just being annoying at the end of the day."

Kevin Durant (25 points, eight rebounds and four assists) led all scorers while James Harden (14 points, six rebounds, nine assists) responded with a solid all-round performance after he came under fire for his quiet start to the season.

"It is a process first; we've got a marathon to be able to work this thing out, so just be patient and understand we'll figure it out," Mills said.