Basketball superstar Kevin Durant (32) has returned to the NBA with double success. Durant contributed 20 points on Saturday (local time) to the clear 134: 117 success of his Brooklyn Nets against his previous team Golden State Warriors. It was also his first assignment after having to take a forced break for the second time this season as a contact person for a person who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Durant had played with the Warriors for three years up to 2019 and led them to the championship title twice as the most valuable final player (2017, 2018). In the 2019 NBA finals, he tore his Achilles tendon, so that he could only play for the Nets for the first time in December 2020.
With the success on Saturday, Durant could also count on the support of the other two Nets stars. James Harden, signed in January, contributed 16 assists and 19 points, the best thrower was Kyrie Irving with 23 points. Stephen Curry scored best for the Warriors (27 points), but only sank two of his nine threesomes. The Nets remain third in the Eastern Conference (16:12), while the Warriors are eighth in the West (14:13).
The current best team in the league, the Utah Jazz (22: 5), won for the seventh time in a row – 112: 94 against last year’s finalist Miami Heat (11:15, only ninth in the east). In contrast, the league leaders in the east, the Philadelphia 76ers (18: 9), lost 111: 120 to the Phoenix Suns (16: 9, fourth in the west) and thus for the second time in a row.