(CNN)On the backmost of 2 consecutive losses, without his chap prima Kyrie Irving and with a conscionable returning from wounded James Harden, Kevin Durant erstwhile again showed wherefore he's 1 of the champion successful the NBA.
On Tuesday night, helium scored 49 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and dished retired 10 assists to assistance his Brooklyn Nets travel backmost and bushed the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108 successful Game Five of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
In doing so, Durant became the archetypal subordinate successful NBA past to grounds astatine slightest 45 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists successful a playoff game.
Nets caput manager Steve Nash paid homage to Durant's show successful New York, calling it a "historic, historical performance."
"It's ridiculous what he's capable to do," Nash said. "We cognize he's susceptible of nights similar this, but to bash it contiguous ... we suffer [Irving], James evidently is going done his ailments, we're down bodies, we're wounded. And for him to person that toughness, that mentality, that's what makes him 1 of the all-time greats.
"This is simply a show that's a signature show for Kevin, and it was beauteous to watch."
All connected him
After Irving suffered an ankle wounded successful Game Four and with Harden making his archetypal quality since injuring his hamstring successful Game One, it looked from the outset similar Durant mightiness person to transportation the load for the Nets.
And with the spotlight connected him, helium enactment successful 1 of the NBA Playoffs' top ever performances.
The 32-year-old played each 48 minutes of the game, becoming the archetypal subordinate since LeBron James successful 2018 to play each infinitesimal of a playoff game.
He besides acceptable a Nets franchise grounds for points successful a playoff game, surpassing Vince Carter's people of 43 acceptable 15 years ago.
With the assistance of Jeff Green's 27 points, Durant was capable to resistance the Nets backmost from a 17-point 3rd 4th deficit.
Among a full big of NBA stars to instrumentality to Twitter to praise Durant was four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James who said: "GREATNESS!! Appreciate it portion you tin people!"
Even Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is simply a two-time MVP grant winner, could bash thing but praise Durant afterwards.
"It's tough. He's the champion subordinate successful the satellite close now, and we've got to bushed him arsenic a team," helium told the media post-game.
"We've got to defender him arsenic a team, and we've got to marque him marque pugnacious shots, similar tonight, and we've conscionable got to support doing our job, and hopefully he's going to miss. But we've got to support doing our job, support guarding together, support showing help, support making it tough, support picking him up afloat court."
The triumph means that the Nets pb the best-of-seven playoff bid 3-2, with Game Six taking spot successful Milwaukee connected Thursday and the Nets a triumph distant from their archetypal Eastern Conference finals since 2003.