How does one comply with up a 51-point efficiency? Kevin Durant’s reply was a 30-point triple-double within the Brooklyn Nets 131-129 win over the Toronto Raptors, changing into the primary participant within the franchise’s NBA historical past to report a 50-point sport and triple-double in consecutive video games.
Durant is the first player in the League to do so since Damian Lillard in late January of the 2019-2020 season.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 15, 2021
With seven Nets gamers, together with James Harden and Bruce Brown, coming into the NBA’s well being and security protocols simply hours earlier than Tuesdays tip, Durant was the lynchpin within the Nets win, each on the court docket and within the locker room beforehand when he elected to play regardless of being listed as questionable with right ankle soreness.
Nets Coach Steve Nash mentioned in the end, Durant’s will to play led to his presence on the court docket and the Nets not forfeiting the competition. Taking part in probably the most minutes in a single-overtime regular-season sport since his days in OKC in 2014, Durant carried the Nets over the end line with 34 factors, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists on 12-for-29 capturing from the sphere in 48 minutes.
“Man, I can’t even clarify how I really feel,” Durant mentioned in his postgame interview. “It’s December, and we’re down seven gamers, and we simply might’ve punted this sport. However we noticed a chance for us to develop and get higher, particularly the youthful guys who haven’t performed a whole lot of significant video games within the NBA, particularly in opposition to a championship group like Toronto (and it) was a tremendous take a look at for us.”
Durant has been on an absolute tear in December, averaging 35.0 factors, 8.0 boards and seven.2 assists on 42 minutes per sport throughout the Nets four-game win streak. Durant averages the second most minutes per sport at 36.9.
The (20-8) Nets can have an off-day right now as they put together for his or her Thursday night time matchup in opposition to the (15-13) Philadelphia 76ers.