WATCH: Warriors’ Kelly Oubre Jr. Punishes Kevin Durant Inside the Paint with a Surprise Block

Published 02/13/2021, 10:59 PM EST
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives to the hoop against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets gave the Golden State Warriors a very hard time during their Saturday night clash. The Nets won the game 134-117 against the team that was on a high after defeating the Spurs and the Magic in the same week. 

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However, the Warriors, similar to that narrow loss against the Mavericks, had a few good things to take away from the game. Steve Kerr’s men remained behind the Nets for the entire game, but the players like Kelly Oubre Jr. showed great resilience against an offensive side.

When Kelly Oubre Jr. denied Kevin Durant a shot

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During the 9th minute in the game, Nets’ Kevin Durant went cruising inside the paint to convert a layup when Kelly Oubre produced out of nowhere and surprised the star player with a massive block.

He received instant praise from fellow teammate and top-scorer for the Warriors, Stephen Curry. Take a look –

For GSW, they were very much into the game for a good 10 initial minutes, but they soon started slipping away. Just as Stephen Curry started missing his back-to-back three-point attempts, something looked off.

He did score 27 points but missed seven of his nine deep-range attempts from downtown. It was the 25-YO shooting guard, Kelly, who helped the Warriors to some extent with his double-double.  

The Brooklyn Nets left no space for the Warriors offense

Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) grabs a loose ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

In a big positive for the Nets, their defense finally came to show some teeth. Limiting the likes of Curry when he is capable enough and very much in-form to score 35+ every night was commendable. Perhaps, Curry’s checking up with KD prior to the match did less good to his aggressiveness during the game.

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Plus, the entire Nets’ starting five scored in double figures. They had Kyrie Irving leading the scoreboard for them while James Harden took the best care of the playmaking.

Also, The Beard looked in his Houston Rockets’ touch as he dropped five threes, joining the category of Joe Harris who won’t stop taking those long and precise shots. 

All-in-all, the Warriors enjoyed just a few moments of success in a game that was always in Nets’ grabs.

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Sourabh Singh

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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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