Kevin Durant was asked to be the hero twice in game seven, but couldn’t finish off the sequel.
After burying a turnaround jumper from just inside the 3-point line with one second left in the fourth quarter to tie the game, Durant was called upon again on Brooklyn’s last possession in overtime, and the superstar tried a similar turnaround shot from just inside the arc, only to come up with nothing but air.
The fatigued Durant finished his heroic performance with 48 points, the most ever in a game seven per ESPN Stats & Info, and played all 53 minutes after playing all 48 in game five. But Joe Harris struggled to find open looks from downtown and James Harden continued to be a non-factor on the offensive end with his injured hamstring, shooting 5-for-17 from the floor and 2-for-12 from beyond the arc in a 113-111 overtime loss.
Injuries and fatigue finally seemed to catch up to the Nets, who were again without Kyrie Irving. Giannis Antetokounmpo showed up for the Bucks, shooting 62.5 percent from the floor and finishing with 40 points.
Durant’s game-tying bucket at the end of regulation was the latest benchmark of an incredible individual playoff performance, but he was unable to replicate it in overtime with Jrue Holiday tightly contesting the attempt.
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