There are some NBA games that you watch and think, "wow, this is a great game." There are some that leave you jumping up and down in excitement. And there are some that are on an even higher level, ones that you can't take your eyes off, ones that you can't even find the words for. And then, there are the ones that you instantly know are forever a part of NBA history.
That last description accurately categorizes Game 5 of the 2021 Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks. While much of the intrigue before the game began had to do with James Harden's unlikely rise from doubtful to available to play in the pivotal game, and while much of the intrigue during the early part of the game had to do with the fact that the Bucks were winning handily, everyone was focused on the same thing by the time the final buzzer had sounded.
Kevin Durant. The 32-year-old offensive wizard finished with 49 points on 16-23 shooting to go along with 17 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. No player in NBA playoff history had ever recorded 45 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a game until tonight. Did I mention Durant was also on the floor for ever second of every minute of every quarter of the contest? Mind you, this is the same Kevin Durant that missed all of the 2019-20 season due to an Achilles injury, and the same Kevin Durant that only played in 35 of the 72 Nets games this season. Forget that, though. He literally did it all in this one.
It comes as no surprise that the entire NBA Twitterverse was completely blown away by what KD was able to accomplish in Game 5, with everyone from Magic Johnson to Patrick Mahomes making it known that they were witnessing greatness and enjoying every second — literally, every second that Durant played.
And I'd be remiss not to send a little love Jeff Green's way, as Uncle Jeff put on a little show of his own with a 7-8 performance from beyond the arc and a career-playoff-high 27 points with his seventh playoff team.