Kevin Durant has made an impact in his long-awaited return from injury for the Brooklyn Nets in Wednesday’s 139-111 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA.
Durant had missed the past two months with a hamstring injury but came off the bench to make 17 points along with seven rebounds and five assists.
The Nets were without James Harden who has been battling hamstring tightness over the past week, thus Durant’s return was timely.
“Well definitely be careful with him,” Nets coach Steve Nash said pre-game.
“Were not going to send him out there to play 35 minutes tonight but, well see how the game goes and figure out whats the best process for him to stay safe first and foremost.
“Get time and basketball back into his legs in a real environment. The goal is for him to re-incorporate into the team safely to give him one more step.
“An extended step of that process not to get out here and play as much as he normally does to put the demands on him we hopefully would be able to handle in the near-term future.”
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Russell Westbrook got another triple-double with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists in the Washington Wizards’ 131-116 win over the Orlando Magic.
Jaylen Brown got 32 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, while Jayson Tatum had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the Boston Celtics’ 101-99 victory over the New York Knicks.