Brooklyn Nets had an overly complicated evening due to the recent COVID protocol list of players that included James Harden. Kevin Durant was also on the injured list due to ankle pan he’s been dealing with for days now. Initially, he wasn’t supposed to make the team tonight against the Toronto Raptors. But the Brooklyn Nets couldn’t afford to lose tonight’s game because they needed to assert their domination in the Eastern Conference. If Harden wasn’t available, Durant would have to play through the pain beause his team needed him to do so. Alongside him, Steve Nash gave chances to other top players such as Patty Mills and Blake Griffin. None of them disappointed this evening.
But the man of thehour was Kevin Durant, who by half time already had 15 points scored and still a long way to go. He finished the game with 34 points, 11 assists and 13 rebounds in 48 played minutes. Mills ended with 30 points and Blake Griffin with 13. Also, Kessler Edwards got 17 points and 10 rebounds. David Duke finished the game with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The entire Nets players who were available delivered a solid performance against a tough Raptors team. In fact, four of the Toronto line-up players scored 20+ points this evening and not even that was enough to stop the Nets. Fred VanVleet got an impressive 31 points. Gary Trent Jr. got 25 as Pascal Siakam did as well. Scottie Barns ended the game with 23. After four quarters, we got over time but the Nets managed to get that much-needed win in the end.
What’s next for Nets and Raptors?
After tonight’s game, Brooklyn Nets moved up to a 20-8 record that leaves them in a great position. They rest on Wednesday before playing at home one more time against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. The Toronto Raptors moved down to a 13-15 record after tonight’s defeat. They do have the rest of the week off until next Saturday, when they get visited by the Golden State Warriors at Scotiabank Arena. Not even COVID could stop the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant tonight.