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The Brooklyn Nets signed Kevin Durant two years ago, fresh off the torn Achilles he suffered in the NBA finals, because they believed he could lead them there. Tuesday night, with Brooklyn’s season on the line in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks, Durant proved the Nets’ faith in him was well-placed.
Durant had arguably the best performance of his career Tuesday night, finishing with 49 points on 16-for-23 shooting to go along with 17 rebounds and 10 assists while playing 48 minutes in Brooklyn’s 114-108 victory over Milwaukee to give the Nets a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven affair.
“I didn’t even think about nothing but just each possession,” Durant said afterward. “I was trying to win each possession, and I didn’t think of how many points I had or shot attempts, rebounds, assists.
“It was more so like, ‘Just let me do what I need to do each possession.’ That’s the approach I always take.”
What Durant needed to do on every possession in this game for Brooklyn was, well, pretty much everything. With Kyrie Irving out for Game 5 — and who knows how much longer — with a sprained right