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Nets’ Kevin Durant explodes for season-high 51 points vs. Pistons


The mantle for the NBA’s best scorer is always up for debate, but Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant sent a timely reminder that he’s the elite bucket getter in the league, with a signature performance against the Detroit Pistons. 

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Playing without James Harden, Joe Harris, and Paul Millsap, the Nets came into Detroit shorthanded, but thanks to Durant’s explosive scoring, they walked away with a 116-104 win to move to 19-8 on the season. 

Durant piled up a season-high 51 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal on an efficient 16-of-31 from the field, 5-of-10 from beyond the arc and 14-of-15 at the free throw line.

“We [were] missing James and we missing Paul Millsap, so I feel like I had to pick up the scoring a little bit more, Durant said postgame.

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Let’s dive into some of the numbers behind Durant’s scorching night in Detroit.

1: Highest score of the season

Durant’s 51 fell just short of his career-high 54 points which he set against the Golden State Warriors in 2014  while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

His 51 tonight, however, set the benchmark for the 2021-22 season, eclipsing the previous highest score of the season, set by Stephen Curry in November.

RANK PLAYER SCORE
1. Kevin Durant 51 points
2. Stephen Curry 50 points
3. Anthony Edwards 48 points
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo 47 points
5. Jaylen Brown  46 points

10: 50-point games in Nets franchise history

Durant’s 51-point performance is just the 10th 50-point game in Nets franchise history and ties Caris LeVert for the fifth-highest score all-time. 

Deron Williams still holds the record for the most points scored in a Nets uniform with 57 points in 2012.

7: Durant’s seventh 50-point game

The four-time scoring champion now has seven 50-point games in his career, with tonight’s his first 50-ball in a Nets uniform and his first since 2018.

Among active players, Durant ranks fifth all-time, behind Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, LeBron James and his Nets teammate James Harden who has nearly double the amount of 50-point games as second place.

Kyrie Irving sits tied for eighth all-time, making it three payers from the Nets currently sitting in the top 10 among active players. 

RANK PLAYER (all-time) 50-PT GAMES
1. James Harden (4th) 23
2= LeBron James (7th) 12
2= Damian Lillard (7th) 12
4. Stephen Curry (10th) 11
5. Kevin Durant (13th) 7
6. Russell Westbrook (18th) 5
7. Bradley Beal (18th) 5
8= Anthony Davis (22nd) 4
8= Carmelo Anthony (22nd) 4
8= Kyrie Irving (22nd) 4



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