Nets’ Kevin Durant Joins Kobe Bryant and LeBron James With Another Dominant Performance Against Bucks

Published 06/07/2021, 10:39 PM EDT
Jun 7, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) in the third quarter during game two in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets entered this series against the Milwaukee Bucks with full strength. However, they immediately lost James Harden to his hamstring injury with which he has struggled much of this season. Fortunately, this did not have any impact on the result and the Nets came out as the winners. With Harden out in Game 2 as well, Kevin Durant stepped up and demolished the Bucks again with his performance.

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Kevin Durant continues to blow minds

The Brooklyn Nets are now leading 2-0 in the series against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. It seems like the Nets knew that they would be without their All-Star teammate, and this had the rest of the supporting cast perform at par and grab this victory.

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From the get-go, the Bucks were trailing the Nets. Kevin Durant had another stellar night with his 32 point performance. Kyrie Irving added 22, and Joe Harris and Bruce Brown Jr. scored in double digits as well.

This crazy night for Durant has added his name to another list of greats. Malika Andrews posted, “The Nets were utterly dominant in the first half — led by Kevin Durant’s 21 points. It is the 53rd time Durant has had 20+ points in a playoff half. Over the last 25 postseasons, the only players to do that more: LeBron James (96) and Kobe Bryant (69).”

After all the criticism the Nets received for being too overrated because of their ‘Big Three’, this is a big punch back. In fact, if there are any title favorites from the Eastern Conference, it has to be the Nets. For any team that can defeat the Milwaukee Bucks with nearly 40 points, the sky is the limit.

The Brooklyn Nets are better than what everyone pictured

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The ‘Big Three’ had hardly played any games together because of injuries, which had many people raise concerns over their chemistry issues. But now with their extreme dominance in the second round, Harden, Irving, and Kevin Durant have become the scariest trio to go up against.

Jun 7, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forwards Kevin Durant (7) and Blake Griffin (2) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) try to grab a loose ball in the first quarter during game two in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

In fact, with their trio only showing up for a couple of games, the Nets have still had one of the best offenses in the season. So what will happen when the three actually end up on the court together?

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The only looming concern for the Nets right now is James Harden‘s return. There is no definite timeline for his recovery, which means Brooklyn needs to work with the idea that he might not be coming back anytime soon. But by the looks of it, this shouldn’t be much of a problem. At least for now.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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