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Kevin Durant returns and despite limited minutes, scores 33 points off the bench in Nets win over Suns

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant returned to action after losing three games and scored 33 points in a 128-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Durant, who was out of action with a concussion to his left leg, played as a substitute and played under minute restrictions. He was on the court for 28 minutes against Phoenix.

“It’s like riding a bike. You set your feet well and it’s just about getting into a rhythm and my teammates did a good job looking for me (on the floor) W, Durant said after the match.” I tried to practice as many shots as I could in practice. to get into the rhythm and then get a little more creative as the game progressed. It was a good start.

“Hopefully this game can be the start of a good period,” he added.

For the third time this season, Durant was off the bench for the Nets as he entered the court with eight minutes to play in the second period. Brooklyn wanted to use him more in the second half, in which he played most of the time and 20 of the last 24 minutes of the game.

The forward was injured in the opening minutes of the first quarter of the Nets’ game against Miami Heat last weekend after a clash with Trevor Ariza in koments attacking the basket. The team subsequently considered evaluating him on a day-to-day basis, whereupon Durant stayed with the team on the trip to New Orleans and Tampa while continuing to receive treatment on his thigh.

Despite Durant’s return, the Nets are still not with their full roster.

Brooklyn is still without James Harden, who experienced a hamstring rehab setback last week and is now out indefinitely. The team is also missing Nicolas Claxton, who had become a key part of the rotation. Claxton has missed three games due to the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The Nets host the Suns this Sunday at 3:30 pm ET.

Information from ESPN’s Malika Andrews was used in this report.

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