NBA Twitter in Awe of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving Leading Brooklyn Nets to Victory Against Giannis’ Bucks in Game 1

Published 06/05/2021, 10:32 PM EDT
Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after a three point shot against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The moment has arrived when the EC is witnessing the most hyped series of 2020-21 playoffs. It’s Milwaukee Bucks vs Brooklyn Nets in the Barclays Center that is now filled with Nets and Knicks fans all alike. With Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Travis Scott in attendance, the atmosphere was as electrifying as it could get.

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However, the Nets fans received an early blow when point guard James Harden injured his right hamstring early in the game. That led to his retirement from the night and gave the Bucks a golden egg of an opportunity to crack open. Yet, by halftime, the Nets led the Bucks by 2 points and then went on to win the game 115-107.

NBA reacted to the crazy win from Brooklyn Nets

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Jun 5, 2021; Giannis Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Mike James and Kyrie Irving at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Just as The Beard left the floor after playing for just 43 seconds and adding a rebound, Blake Griffin filled for the loss. The 6’10” forward enjoyed a very efficient night from the field and even dropped daggers. He registered an 18-point double-double to help the Nets take a massive 14-point lead by the end of Q3.

However, the kings of the night remained Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant who combined 54 points to cover for Harden’s absence. Just as that happened, the NBA fraternity in Jamal Crawford, Draymond Green, and others reacted in praise for the duo. Take a look –

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A flying Giannis Antetokounmpo vs sweet revenge from Kevin Durant

With the Bucks at 14 points on the scoreboard, a steal from PJ Tucker on Kevin Durant became the highlight. He stunned KD with a lightning-quick grab of the ball and then placed it in the air for Giannis Antetokounmpo to complete an alley-oop.

Just a few minutes later, KD came back in full swing and added to the board with a couple of stepbacks and turnaround fadeaways. Although he had a poor half with his jump shots and threes, the star covered for it with a cutthroat defense work. But the 11x All-Star took his revenge when he pushed off PJ Tucker, throwing him on the court, to score a mid-range jumper.

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However, both Kyrie and KD combined for 4/15 from the deep range and that was one area where they failed tonight. But fortunately for them, forward Joe Harris stepped up and dropped five threes to outrun the Bucks. If the Nets won even without The Beard, do the Bucks even stand a chance? Help us know in the comments.

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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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