Coming off one of the most spectacular NBA playoff performances in recent memory, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant could’t make lightning strike twice in two nights.
The 11-time All-Star spoke out about his team falling short in Game 6, 104-89 at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets forward was asked about failing to duplicate his Game 5 effort in their potential closeout game against the Bucks.
“I’m not trying to be a hero out there. I know I can’t win a basketball game by myself,” the Nets star admitted. “I just tried to play the right way, take the shots that were there, and a few of them I felt like I rushed just to try to get us back into the flow and switch the momentum a bit”
“I try not to duplicate huge nights like that. I just try to let the game flow and tonight wasn’t our night.”
While Durant failed to put up another 49-point barrage for the Nets, he was hardly a non-factor. KD finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds. But one difference is that it took him 30 shots to get there.
The Nets star’s efficiency was the biggest difference from Games 5 and 6, as he needed just 23 shots to reach his near-50 total. One huge factor was his 13-for-16 free throw effort, an aspect that was completely missing in Game 6. Durant made just two of his eight three-point attempts, and shockingly went 0-for-2 from the free throw line, a figure that’s surprising both for the inaccuracy and the lack of volume.
While Kevin Durant explicitly said that he can’t win a game all by himself, he very well might have to do so in Game 7 if his teammates don’t show up. James Harden has put up a valiant effort in two games since returning from his hamstring injury, but he’s been sapped of his all-world scoring prowess. Joe Harris, Jeff Green, Bruce Brown, and Blake Griffin are by no means sure candidates to step up with the Nets’ season on the line either, as the supporting cast has ebbed and flowed throughout these playoffs. Game 7 is on Saturday.