Kevin Durant Admits He Is Still Not Over His ‘Toe on the Line’ Shot vs Bucks During 2021 NBA Playoffs

Published 09/29/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


One of the best players in the NBA, Kevin Durant, made his Nets debut last season despite signing for them in 2019. However, despite missing a full season, he was in top form as he guided the Nets to the playoffs with a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The Nets boasted a 48-24 record in the regular season.

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The Nets had a title-contending team, but they failed to go past the second round after losing against Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks beat the Nets in seven games. However, the story could’ve been very different as Durant was close to winning the last game of the series for the Nets.

Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after being fouled late during the fourth quarter of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

He nearly hit a three-pointer in the final few seconds, but his toe touched the line. Two points were counted, and it leveled the score, sending the game to overtime. The Nets lost the game in overtime and crashed out of the playoffs. Kevin Durant recently opened up on his ‘toe on the line’ incident.

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Kevin Durant still thinks about his ‘toe on the line’ vs Bucks

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant recently gave an interview to ESPN’s journalist Malika Andrews on ‘The Jump‘. During the interview, Malika asked Kevin if he still remember his ‘toe on the line’ against the Bucks. To this, Kevin said that he still wishes he was behind the line.

“Oh yeah, I do,” Durant told Malika Andrews on Nets’ media day. “Definitely wish I was behind the line, but you know it is what it is. There’s a great great series, a fun series to be a part of. And felt like a championship level series because they went on to win the title.”

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With less than 3 seconds left on the clock and the Nets trailing by 2 points, Durant took the shot. It ended up in the basket as the Nets players started celebrating. But as Durant’s toe touched the line, the Nets were awarded two points and were forced to play overtime.

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Brooklyn Nets lost 115-111 after overtime and lost the series 3-4 at Barclays Center. The Bucks went on to win their second NBA title. The outcome of the 2020-21 season could have been totally different if Durant’s toe didn’t touch the line. What could have been!

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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