Durant decides without Irving and against a Jokic near the quadruple-double

Great game at the Barclays Center that Kevin Durant killed with a house-brand basket and that helped him to reach 34 points scored.


The Nets fight through thick and thin. They are still in the positions of the lower-middle part of the Eastern Conference when they were presumed, and more for the great start to the season, another more privileged position. They go as they can. Now they do not have Kyrie Irving, on leave for personal reasons, and will continue without being able to count on Spencer Dinwiddie, seriously injured. They have, yes, a large staff with many resources. Thus they are showing that they can win games with what they are wearing. It also helps if Kevin Durant, reborn after a year and a half in the white, is at MVP level.

The Nuggets had to suffer the fury of the Nets forward, who gave them the nail in the final seconds with a step back pitch with the KD stamp on the ball. It was what crowned a performance of 34 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists, in addition to 7 losses. Nikola Jokic also played that kind of quadruple-double, who ended with a barbaric statistical line: 23 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 7 steals. Those of Mike Malone did not have Gary Harris, also it was for their own business, and it was noted when it came to containing LeVert, the one who played Irving.

The start of the match left a tremendously curious image: Bol Bol, a starter for the first time, defending Kevin Durant. Because they are two huge players who act as exteriors, the image was a mix between gorgeous and beautiful. The African player could not do much, although Durant punished more at other times than at the beginning.

Jokic wanted to play star duel and he knew how to do it. He didn't win it, but he was the one who pulled the car from the start. The first pull, however, came with the departure of the substitutes and the good work of Will Barton, who scored five in a row at the end of the first act to finish it with eight points of advantage.

They opened a little more gap with the departure of Campazzo, already installed in the third base position behind Murray and Morris and ahead of Hampton, in the second quarter. +14. LeVert was forced to act. In tedious days of men like Shamet or Prince, who should contribute more, he multiplies. Luwawu-Cabarrot knew how to contribute something more in attack and defense so that the distance without Durant was not greater and then the Washington DC player could do better.

The distance to half time was 16 points. It was time for the Nets to step up or fall behind. Jokic added little by little to match the Olajuwon of 1990 and in the Nets the toast was left to Durant, who resolved with great wisdom. The effort of Bruce Brown, well in both areas, was essential for Brooklyn, with Durantian hands, to reduce that difference against. 36-20 in the third period and everything to count in the last round.

Jokic was making a custom suit for Allen, but his opponents knew how to stop other threats such as Millsap or Murray. The other Nuggets did not respond, something they have bragged about all these years, except for a Barton who, in addition, suffered the fury of Durant in the last plays.

Durant was the one to hit the penultimate, a three-meter shot after a penetration, and the last, a triple on the right side after a step back. Those two stocks yielded eight of income with just a few seconds left for the Nets to celebrate the victory.

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