Nets’ Kevin Durant Breaks Yet Another NBA Record With a Dominant Performance Against Heat

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January 24, 2021 11:12 am

The Brooklyn Nets secured a win against the Miami Heat after losing back-to-back games vs the Cavaliers. However, the manner of their victory left much to be desired as they barely scraped through by four points. As has become the norm, superstar Kevin Durant led the charge for the Brooklyn based outfit.

Along with Durant, Kyrie Irving took over in the fourth quarter to make sure the Nets do not lose three consecutive games. While Kyrie had an insane last quarter, Kevin Durant was undoubtedly the star of the show tonight.

He finished the game with 31 points while shooting 11-of-19 from the field. Following this scoring outburst, KD strengthened his case for bagging the regular season MVP award.

Kevin Durant enters NBA record books

Dec 18, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) dribbles the ball up court during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to tonight’s performance, Durant has now scored more than 400 points in his first 13 games with Brooklyn. Moreover, he has become the second fastest NBA player to reach that number with a single NBA team. Who’s first? According to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, it’s none other than NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain. She tweeted:

So… Kevin Durant has topped 400 points in just 13 games with the Nets. Which is the 2nd-fastest any player in NBA history has reached that mark with one team. The first? Yeah, you know the answer:

With this victory in the books, Durant and the Nets registered their 10th win of the season. They now hold the 5th seed in the East and are 2.5 games behind the conference leaders Philadelphia 76ers.

Can KD and the Brooklyn Nets become the champions of the East?

Jan 18, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) and power forward Kevin Durant (7) high five during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Bucks 125-123. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets will definitely target the NBA Championship this year, but before that, they need to get out of the Eastern Conference. While they undoubtedly have the most explosive offense in the league, they lack defensive power.

In fact, in their last 4 games, Nets have given up 120+ points! With bad defense being a glaring issue for Brooklyn, they might struggle against teams like 76ers or the Heat, who have incredible big men on their rosters. If they are matched up with them in the postseason, it will be hard to say if Kevin Durant’s Nets will have the upper hand.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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