NEW YORK (AP) – Kevin Durant is perfect. The The brooklyn network was pretty close to it in the second quarter when he rejoined them.
Durant returned after 23 appearances to spark a half of Brooklyn’s booming season, which ended 17 points by shooting 5 to 5 in a 139-111 Nets match. New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
Durant came on from the bench at about 7-and-a-half minutes in the second half and by the end of the game the Nets had 79 points and were 20 points ahead after halftime. Brooklyn ranked 14th with a rate of 18 (78%) in the 43rd quarter.
“I look forward to going out here and playing the way I played,” said Durant. “I didn’t try to get into the game easily.”
Durant made seven more rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes after he returned from straining his left hamstring. He was initially listed in the starting line-up, but was dropped in a modified lineup that was distributed minutes before his first game since February 13.
Coach Steve Nash said bringing Durant on from the bench allowed the Nets to more easily control their minutes if the game nears the end.
“We dominated at both ends of the floor. Totally dominated, ”said Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy. “We cannot go to the 3-point line. Our defense is absurd. They have completely dominated us ”.
Durant received applause from the first home audience he played against the Nets. The Barclays Center will only start allowing limited crowds on February 23.
Kyrie Irving scored 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge got 22 points in the 9th consecutive home win of the Nets.
Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points for the Pelicans before being eliminated in the third half.
Zion Williamson just had 16 shots 4 to 12, ending a 25-match streak with 20 points and 50% shots. That mounted Shaquille O’Neal in the longest streak since 1954-55, when the firing watch came out.
One night after losing 46 points in the third half to Atlanta, the Pelicans’ defenseless phase came sooner.
Brooklyn took a 36-33 lead after Blake Griffin scored 3 points on the whistle to end the first half. The lead increased to 53-44 by the time Durant signed up and the game soon began.
Nets shot 55% and took 19 shots 3 points. They did it all without James Harden, who will be absent for at least 10 days with a hamstring injury. He sat on a bench wearing shorts.
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Brooklyn added 36 goals in the third half, making the lead to 115-82 in the fourth while Durant returned to the bench.
“Great first game back,” said Nash. “I think the overall performance of the whole team is really strong.”
Pelican: Lonzo Ball scored 15 points. … Brandon Ingram missed his fifth straight game with a right foot injury.
Nets: Griffin had 10 points, with a powerful dunk in the second half. … 79 points equal to the third largest share of the Nets in the first half in franchise history.
DO NOT WORRY
Although the Nets played their Big Three just seven times, Van Gundy doesn’t see much reason to worry about Nash.
“I mean, you’re talking about three really, really talented guys who have played a lot of big games and they know how to play the game and he has seen them all play,” says Van Gundy. . “I can’t imagine that is such a big deal. I mean, he definitely wants them all together as much as possible, but I don’t think he could be there really, really worrying about anything. “
Durant has only substituted for the second time in his career – the last two home matches. He was unable to start on February 5 against Toronto in his 867 match while the NBA looked at someone’s inconclusive coronavirus test results that Durant had interacted with. that afternoon. He was later allowed in the door, then forced to leave again in the third quarter.
Pelican: Hosted Philadelphia on Friday.
Nets: Hosts Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.
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