Kevin Durant is the finest player on the planet, and the four-time NBA scoring champion did nothing to disprove that claim Wednesday night in front of 14,000 fans at the Amway Center. The 11-time All-Star poured in 30 points in just 29 minutes of action to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 123-90 win over the Orlando Magic. Durant only missed one field goal attempt the entire night (11-12 FGAs, 2-2 3PTAs, 6-7 FTAs). He was simply sensational tonight, every shot was like a layup for him.
In 29 minutes, All-Star guard James Harden scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists for his third triple-double of the season. In the game, the Nets made sixteen three-point tries to Orlando’s four, resulting in a 36-point differential in that one category. Harden scored or assisted on 16 of the Nets’ first 21 baskets, while Durant who scored 12 of his 30 points in the first period gave Brooklyn an early lead. Veteran big man LaMarcus Aldridge entered the game, in the second quarter, the centre, who is in his 16th NBA season, was on fire, making six of his first nine shots, 15 points in the first half.
If there was one bright spot for the Magic against the Nets on Wednesday night, it was rookie forward Franz Wagner’s defensive pressure. Wagner had a career-high six thefts in the game, despite being matched up against Durant multiple times. Since Elfrid Payton had six steals in 2014, this was the most by a Magic rookie.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 11, 2021