Kevin Durant: I'm responsible for Nets not getting Christmas game
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Kevin Durant admits he is probably the one to blame for the Brooklyn Nets not getting a Christmas game. Annually, the NBA schedules the best teams to play on Christmas. In the summer, Durant requested a trade from the Nets.
Two months later, Durant rescinded his trade request and decided to return to the Nets. But the NBA's schedule was already out and the Nets were left out on the Christmas schedule. “Knicks-Nets would’ve been a perfect matchup on Christmas, hopefully we can get that going forward.
I probably am responsible for us not playing on Christmas because of what went on this summer," Durant said.
Durant on the Nets destroying the Golden State Warriors
On Wednesday night, the Nets absolutely crushed the Warriors 143-114.
Durant led the way for the Nets as he had a game-high 23 points in 29 minutes. However, it should be noted that the Warriors were without their three starters - Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins. Even though the Warriors were short-handed, Durant entered the game fully locked in.
“It’s the Warriors. You always respect them no matter who’s on the floor. They have a championship system and championship players," Durant said after the game. The Nets came out firing as they led 46-17 after the first quarter.
The Nets won the second quarter by an 11-point margin and pushed their lead to 40 to halftime. “That’s what happens when you come to work and you’re ready to work from the beginning,” Nets head coach Jacques Vaughn said.
After the game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr acknowledged that the Nets were absolutely impressive in the first 24 minutes of the game. “And then they made everything. They were phenomenal in the first half," Kerr noted.
The Nets have now won their last seven games and now own a 20-12 record. In their next game, the Nets will be hosting the Milwaukee Bucks. It remains to be seen if Durant can lead the Nets to their eighth consecutive win when they meet the Bucks.