Kevin Durant Matches a 14-YO Playoff Record in Game 7 Against Milwaukee Bucks

Published 06/19/2021, 11:40 PM EDT
Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker (17) in the first quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


In EC Semis Game 7, Kevin Durant led Brooklyn Nets started small against the Bucks but that did not bother their game. With an active James Harden and a tight rotation, Steve Nash’s men took a six-point halftime lead over the Milwaukee Bucks. Still, it was not one of those games where the Nets could dominate over their opponents and eventually lost.

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However, KD continued his extraordinary form and ensured he kept the Nets in the game until the end. Without Kyrie Irving, the 11x All-Star ensured he pulled double the work and set some personal records.

Kevin Durant on absolute fire

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At the beginning of Q3 (Game 7), the Bucks re-established fear after a 7-0 Goldrush with Giannis Antetokounmpo hitting classic midrange jumpers. Rather than going to the rim, the Greek Freak’s strategy to give some range to his shots seemed to work. 

However, Kevin Durant was still the one who covered more grounds than anyone else. The Sniper had a 20-point first half that got him into the franchise’s record books. 

In the first 11 playoff games, KD averaged a career-high postseason number of 33 points. He continued that to Game 7 and left Vince Carter’s record way behind. The latter had enjoyed 22.3 points averaging 2007 NBA playoffs over 12 games.

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Blake Griffin with his super-efficient double-double certainly helped KD’s scoring. Blake was arguably the most effective defender against Giannis Antetokounmpo even as he had three fouls starting the second half. So he was hanging by a thread with some restrictions on his mind as he tried to stop the giant. Next, guard Bruce Brown was almost perfect from the field and as a two-way player. He kept a check on Brook Lopez while also scoring his paint points.

For the Bucks, PJ Tucker had his perimeter shooting in sync, and that troubled the Nets to some extent. Even Brook Lopez seemed locked in with his corner shooting, giving the Bucks an edge in Q3. But it was mostly Giannis Antetokounmpo vs Kevin Durant as the latter looked every bit like his self from Game 5 where he had 49 points after playing 48 minutes.

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The game went into OT with KD’s iconic shot but they still ended up losing. A shocker, but The Sniper did not receive worth for his 48 bullets.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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