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Kevin Durant made his return to the Brooklyn Nets lineup on Wednesday after missing almost two months with a hamstring injure.
Head coach Steve Nash informed journalists after the game that he appreciated the return of the indispensable person.
The Nets dominated the Contemporary Orleans Pelicans, a hit 139-111.
Durant dropped 17 aspects and tacked on seven rebounds and 5 assists in 19 minutes of motion, his first since Feb. 13.
The Nets came upon their technique with out him, mountaineering to the high of the Jap Convention and compiling a 35-16 listing sooner than his return. The dominance this season is largely resulting from Kyrie Irving and James Harden, who reasonable 27.9 and 25.4 aspects per game, respectively.
Whereas Durant became out, Jeff Green stepped up. The faded became averaging 10.3 aspects per game entering Wednesday, and he made 19 appearances (12 starts) and averaged 11.7 aspects while Durant became sidelined.
Nash acknowledged he expects Durant’s return to extra lend a hand the Nets as a alternative of hinder their skills or his lineup alternatives.
“He’s gonna make guys better,” he acknowledged. “He calls for a amount of consideration and creates a amount of condo on the bottom. He’s a shot-maker, however he creates a lot for his teammates, besides, whether it be by passing or beautiful his presence. … I reflect a amount of mixtures are gonna give a desire to thanks to him being support within the lineup.”