Kevin Durant has suffered another injury setback as the Brooklyn Nets lost 109-107 to the Miami Heat in a thriller on Sunday night in the NBA.
Bam Adebayo hit a buzzer-beater to secure the victory for the Miami Heat, finishing the game with 21 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, as Miami came from six down with four minutes to go.
But Durant’s early injury was the big talking point after suffering a left thigh contusion, having only recently returned from injury, with Brooklyn already without James Harden, while recruit LeMarcus Aldridge retired effectively immediately last week due to a heart condition.
Nets teammate Kyrie Irving said “Anything can happen at any moment. We don’t want to take anything for granted.
“Anytime one of our teammates goes down it’s going to take a hit for us. he just got back so we just pray it’s not too serious and he’s able to recover. It definitely has a hit on us at times.”
The Los Angeles Clippers kept up their winning ways with a 124-105 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves led by Paul George with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Kawhi Leonard added 15 points, along with 11 boards and eight assists for the Clips who improve to 40-19 in the West.
Zion Williamson reached a record 47 consecutive 15+ point games as the New Orleans Pelicans blew it late to lose 122-112 to the New York Knicks in over-time.
The Knicks have now won six in a row for the first time in seven years, with Julius Randle finding form with 33 points and 10 assists.
The Atlanta Hawks continued their remarkable surge of form with a 129-117 win over the Indiana Pacers, meaning they’ve won 17 of their past 23.