It was a tough struggle for him and most of the Nets as the team shot just 43.5% from the field. For Durant, he was getting many good looks throughout the night, but, for some reason, was never able to get in a rhythm thanks to how hard the Pelicans were playing on defense.
He did have 10 rebounds and two blocks in the contest so he was able to make up for his inefficient shooting in other ways. He also finished the night one point away from tying Dominque Wilkins for 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Durant spoke postgame about how the win over the Pelicans was good for his team given how tough the game was:
“It’s gonna come a time when shots don’t fall like tonight. I thought we got good looks all night, especially me. I liked how we kept grinding regardless. You still gotta go out there and lock in on the defensive side of the ball and I think we did a good job with that. Those the type of games you want to play just to learn your team and figure out your team even more. You’re a whole totally different team when your shots aren’t going in so it was a good test for us.”
Brooklyn won the second half 55-38 to close it out and win the game in dramatic fashion. The Nets’ next game is Sunday at the Miami Heat.