Kyrie Irving is not here. James Harden is clearly struggling with a hamstring injury. At halftime, the Nets trailed the Bucks by 16 points.
But Brooklyn does have Kevin Durant, and that was enough for the crucial fifth game on Tuesday night. The former NBA MVP achieved a historic playoff performance with the Nets 114-108. He scored 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. He shot 16 of 23 from the field, 4 of 9 three-pointers and 13 of 16 from the free throw line.
Durant became the first player in playoff history to score at least 45 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. According to ESPN statistics and information. Oh, yes, he still plays All 48 minutes Game 5.
“I mean, what he can do is ridiculous,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “I think we know he has the ability to spend such a night, but to do this tonight-we lost Kay. James is clearly overcoming his illness. We are falling down. We are injured, in order for him to have Resilience, mentality, this is what makes him one of the greatest players in history.
“This is a performance-Kevin’s iconic performance, which is beautiful to watch.”
Brooklyn forward Jeff Green, who scored 27 points off the bench, general speaking When talking about Durant’s wonderful performance: “The world has once again witnessed who is the best player in the world.”
Players from the league, including LeBron James and Donovan Mitchell, praised Durant for igniting the Milwaukee game. Here are some of the best responses:
KD’s outstanding performance… he played 48 games! #legend
— Miles Turner (@Original_Turner) June 16, 2021
Man KD is not fair 🤣
-Kevin Huerter (@KevinHuerter) June 16, 2021
KD took over the game
— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) June 16, 2021
Locke Park Durant! ! !
— Tim Hardaway Jr. (@T_HardJR) June 16, 2021
Kevin Durant… your favorite player favorite player
— Larry Nance Jr. (@Larrydn22) June 16, 2021
The best player in the world! ! ! ! ! !
-Isaiah Thomas (@isaahthomas) June 16, 2021
KD Mann‼ ️
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) June 16, 2021
49pt triple double…Sheesh !!!!
— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) June 16, 2021