As Kevin Durant was allowed to play through the course of the entire game by coach Steve Nash, he displayed just why he is considered the best player in the current Brooklyn Nets roster. Durant knocked his season-best 42 points to ensure Nets beat depleted Indiana Pacers. Durant scored 22 of his 42 points in the 3rd quarter.
The All-Star forward took particular pleasure in drawing the attention of extra defenders, which opened up the offense for teammates. Durant finished with 10 assists. He was plenty efficient when he took his own shots, connecting on 16 of 24 in his eighth start since being sidelined for nearly two months with a hamstring injury.
Kevin Durant leads Brooklyn Nets against Detroit Pistons with 42 points
Playing without Kyrie Irving and James Harden, the Nets built a double-digit lead by the second quarter and were never seriously threatened. The Brooklyn Nets are 29-8 since February 10, best in the league, and have clinched a playoff spot.
Caris LeVert scored 12 of his 36 points in the first quarter for the Pacers, but the Nets still led 35-28 after one behind Jeff Green’s 12 points in the period. Brooklyn’s advantage reached 66-52 by halftime.
Edmond Sumner added 16 points and Doug McDermott scored 15 for the Pacers, who lost point guard Malcolm Brogdon in the second quarter with a sore hamstring.