With the Nets’ second star, Kyrie Irving, sit in the front row However, Kevin Durant, still unable to play due to his unvaccinated status, proved far too much for the Knicks on Sunday in Brooklyn.
Durant broke out for 53 points, the most ever by a Nets player against the Knicks. in a 110-107 net win at the Barclays Center. Tom Thibodeau’s team had no answers for the 12-time All-Star, regardless of who or how many players they were trying to protect him with.
“Kevin, what can you say? His career speaks for itself,” said Thibodeau. “He gets so rolling, you’re basically trying to play him with your whole team and you’ve got to try to get him to work for his points.”
The Knicks opened the game with Julius Randle defending Durant, but switched primarily to RJ Barrett in the second half after Randle got into foul trouble. KD’s double cast didn’t work either, as he also finished with nine assists.
“The thing is, you can throw a lot of bodies at him, you can be physical, but once he rises, his redemption is so high and he is so big. It’s just him and the rim. It’s obviously harsh reporting,” Evan Fournier said. “He’s fast, he’s athletic, he’s seen every possible defense. That’s why he’s a great player.”
Obi Toppin returned to the lineup after missing five games with a strained hamstring and scored eight points – including two 3-pointers – in eight minutes.
Rookie center Jericho Sims also had one active game off the bench, with six points, ten rebounds and a blocked shot in 23 minutes.
Quentin Grimes (dislocated kneecap) missed his ninth straight game but Thibodeau said he was “pretty much at full speed” and “the next step would be contact” in training.
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