The Brooklyn Nets annihilated the Warriors in Kevin Durant’s return to the San Francisco Bay Space on Saturday night time, defeating Golden State 134-117.
It was Brooklyn’s league-high seventh 130-point recreation.
“We got here out and performed an important recreation,” Durant mentioned of his profitable return. “We had been centered from this morning in shootaround, and it was vibe all day.”
Earlier than the sport, Nets coach Steve Nash mentioned that whereas he believed the competition towards his former crew carried further weight for Durant, the previous league MVP hadn’t proven it.
“We’ve not talked about it,” Nash mentioned. “If there’s ever a comeback recreation that’s lower than what it could have been in a standard scenario, it is this one the place now we have no followers, it is getting nearer to 2 years from his final recreation right here. So it is not gonna have the identical — I do not suppose — rawness that generally these video games can current, however I nonetheless suppose it means one thing to him.”
Durant, who performed for the Warriors for 3 seasons, completed with 20 factors on Saturday. James Harden added 19 factors and 16 assists. Kyrie Irving led the best way in scoring for Brooklyn with 23 factors. All 5 of the Nets’ starters completed in double figures.
Stephen Curry scored a game-high 27 factors for Golden State.
Throughout a first-quarter timeout, a tribute video performed in Chase Middle, thanking Durant for his tenure with Golden State. Throughout his three years with the Warriors, the crew gained two NBA championships, and Durant was named Finals MVP twice.
“Tribute video was cool. I take into consideration these moments each day,” Durant mentioned. “Each single second that I’ve had on this league, I give it some thought and attempt to analyze it and get higher. My time right here in Golden State was a lot enjoyable. It was such an enormous studying expertise, particularly studying basketball in a unique philosophy. I am gonna take that with me for the remainder of my life.”
A crew spokesman mentioned the Warriors intend to play one other thank-you video for Durant subsequent season, when the crew plans on having followers in again within the enviornment.
After constructing a 15-point halftime lead, a 42-point third quarter propelled the Nets to a 108-82 lead getting into the fourth. Their 26-point benefit was the Nets’ second-largest lead of the season by three quarters, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Info analysis.
The Nets’ largest lead heading into the fourth quarter this season was additionally towards the Warriors, when the crew led by 28 on opening night time in Brooklyn.
The Nets’ Huge Three of Harden, Durant and Irving scored or assisted on 100 of Brooklyn’s factors on Saturday.
As Durant walked off the courtroom, he gave hugs and handshakes to former teammates and Warriors coaches.