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Sports Durant's perfect return fuels Nets' 139-111 rout of Pelicans

06:00  08 april  2021
06:00  08 april  2021 Source:   msn.com

Durant returns to spark Nets' blowout win over Pelicans

  Durant returns to spark Nets' blowout win over Pelicans NEW YORK — Kevin Durant returned from a 23-game absence to spark Brooklyn’s most explosive half of the season, finishing with 17 points and perfect shooting in the Nets’ 139-111 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. Durant came off the bench with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter and by the time the period ended the Nets had 79 points and a 20-point halftime lead. Brooklyn was a sizzling 14 for 18 (78%) in its 43-point quarter. Durant went 5 for 5 and added seven rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes in his return from a strained left hamstring.

NEW YORK -- — Kevin Durant returned from a 23-game absence to spark Brooklyn' s most explosive half of the season, finishing with 17 points and perfect shooting in the Nets ' 139 - 111 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. Durant came off the bench with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the Nets : Griffin had 10 points, with a powerful dunk in the second quarter. The 79 points equaled the third-most for the Nets in a first half in franchise history. NO WORRIES. Though the Nets have had their Big Three play just seven times, Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy doesn't see much cause for

Durant ' s perfect return fuels Nets ' 139 - 111 rout of Pelicans . — Kevin Durant returned from a 23-game absence to spark Brooklyn's most explosive half of the season, finishing with 17 points and perfect shooting in the Nets ' 139 - 111 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. All Basketball News.

NEW YORK — Kevin Durant returned from a 23-game absence to spark Brooklyn's most explosive half of the season, finishing with 17 points and perfect shooting in the Nets' 139-111 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

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Durant came off the bench with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter and by the time the period ended the Nets had 79 points and a 20-point halftime lead. Brooklyn was a sizzling 14 for 18 (78%) in its 43-point quarter.

Durant went 5 for 5 and added seven rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes in his return from a strained left hamstring. He was originally listed in the starting lineup, but was removed in a revised lineup distributed minutes before his first game since Feb. 13.

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Durant ' s perfect return fuels Nets ' 139 - 111 rout of Pelicans . — Kevin Durant returned from a 23-game absence to spark Brooklyn's most explosive half of the season, finishing with 17 points and perfect shooting in the Nets ' 139 - 111 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

The Nets have listed Kevin Durant as probable for Wednesday’ s game against the New Orleans Pelicans . Durant has missed Brooklyn’ s last 23 games due to a hamstring strain. The Pelicans are 22-27 and in 11th place in the Western Conference, in the mix for a spot in the 7 through 10 play-in. New Orleans is eighth in the NBA in offensive rating (115.7) and fifth in field goal percentage (48.4). The Pelicans get to the line a lot, ranking third with 25.1 free throw attempts per game, so they’re fourth in free throws made per game (18.4) despite shooting just 73.4 percent from the line, 29th in the league.

The All-Star forward got an ovation from the first home crowd he'd played in front of with the Nets. Barclays Center only began allowing limited crowds on Feb. 23.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 in the Nets' ninth straight home win.

Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points for the Pelicans before being ejected in the third quarter.

Zion Williamson had just 16 on 4-for-12 shooting, ending his streak of 25 straight games with 20 points and 50% shooting. That tied Shaquille O’Neal for the longest such streak since 1954-55, when the shot clock debuted.

A night after surrendering 46 points in the third quarter of a loss to Atlanta, the Pelicans’ defenceless period came sooner.

Brooklyn led 36-33 after Blake Griffin's long 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first quarter. The lead had grown to 53-44 by the time Durant checked in and the rout was soon on.

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Durant ’ s return gives Oklahoma City (25-24) arguably the best 1-2 offensive punch in the NBA. “He poses so many issues for any team,” Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said. “Obviously he’s a big-time scoring threat. Oklahoma City guard Dion Waiters, who made a few big fourth-quarter plays Wednesday, moves back to the reserve unit due to Durant ’ s return . Williams, on the significance of tonight’s game for New Orleans (26-23): “We all know what’s on the line. Our guys have heard it, we’ve talked about it.

Kevin Durant is listed as available to play for tonight’ s game against the New Orleans Pelicans (7:30 ET, ESPN) the team announced today. Durant has not played since Feb. 13 because of a strained left hamstring. In a video released by the team on Twitter, Durant talked about his work to rehabilitate form his injury and being ready to play. Harden originally sustained the injury on March 31 against the Houston Rockets but appeared to reaggravate the hamstring in his return against the New York Knicks on Monday.

The Nets shot 55% and made 19 3-pointers. They did it all without James Harden, who will miss at least 10 days with his own hamstring injury. He sat on the bench wearing shorts.

Brooklyn scored 36 more in the third, bringing a 115-82 lead to the fourth while Durant went back to the bench.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: 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 quarter. ... The 79 points equaled the third-most for the Nets in a first half in franchise history.

NO WORRIES

Though the Nets have had their Big Three play just seven times, Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy doesn't see much cause for concern for Nets coach Steve Nash.

“I mean, you’re talking about three really, really talented guys who’ve played in a lot of big games and they know how to play the game and he’s seen them all play,” Van Gundy said. “I just can’t imagine that it’s a big problem. I mean, certainly he’d like to have them all together for as much time as he could, but I don’t think he’s probably over there real, real anxious about anything.”

SUPER SUB

Durant played as a reserve for only the second time in his career — both in his last two home games. He wasn't able to start on Feb. 5 against Toronto in what was his 867th game while the NBA reviewed an inconclusive coronavirus test result of someone Durant had interacted with that afternoon. He was later cleared to enter, then forced to leave again in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Host Philadelphia on Friday.

Nets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press

76ers beat Cavs, finish Embiid-less trip with another win .
CLEVELAND — Shake Milton scored 27 points, Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers finished a six-game road trip without injured star centre Joel Embiid by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-94 on Thursday night. The Sixers, who were beaten twice by the Cavs earlier this season, went 4-2 on their trip as they wait for Embiid to get back from a knee injury. They were also able to stay on Brooklyn’s heels for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Seth Curry made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points, and Milton’s scoring off the bench helped offset an off night for Ben Simmons, who went just 2 of 11 from the floor but had 13 rebounds.

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