WATCH: Kevin Durant’s Mom and P.J Tucker Share Words and Laughs During Nets vs Bucks Game 7

Published 06/19/2021, 11:10 PM EDT
Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after scoring and not getting a foul called in the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets fight to make their place in the Eastern Conference Finals. As they continue to go head to head in the nerve-wracking Game 7, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant battled to one-up each other. The energy in the arena is on the next level because a lot was at stake. But in the midst of it all, we witness an unusual encounter between P. J. Tucker and Durant’s mother.

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Both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets went back and forth throughout to keep their leads. Despite the Bucks’ losing their touch in the first half, they started off the third quarter with far more intensity and focus. They were dropping more bucks with ease and giving the title favorites a run for their money.

In fact, they became more physical too, especially P. J. Tucker who had four fouls already by the third quarter itself. One of them being a pretty hard one as he collided with KD while grabbing a rebound. And while Durant was standing on the free-throw line, we saw Tucker and KD’s mother exchanged words.

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This isn’t the first time Durant and Tucker have butted heads. Things also became chippy between them in Game 3 when the Bucks were able to sneak a three-point victory over the Nets.

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P. J. Tucker praises Kevin Durant

Despite their heated exchange over this season or years, what’s for sure is that P.J. has immense respect for Durant. After Game 6, Tucker talked about his fierce competition with Kevin Durant and spoke highly of him.

“Me and Kevin fight every year,” said Tucker. “.. I love guarding him. I enjoy it. He’s the best scorer I’ve ever seen in my life … that’s my brother, we compete, we fight every game, we’re gonna fight again in Game 7.

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Looks like their relationship is only sour on the court. It’s only a matter of time, which one of them will be the one inching closer to the NBA Finals.

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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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