Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant delivered an outstanding performance on Tuesday night to help his team beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108 in Game 5. Durant posted a 49-point triple-double as besides 49 points, he also had 17 rebounds and 10 assists.
"I didn't even think about nothing but just each possession," Durant said afterward. "I was trying to win each possession, and I didn't think of how many points I had or shot attempts, rebounds, assists.
"It was more so like, 'Just let me do what I need to do each possession.' That's the approach I always take." Nets head coach Steve Nash was absolutely impressed with the performance Durant put up.
"It's ridiculous what he's able to do," Nash said. "We know he's capable of nights like this, but to do it tonight ... we lose [Irving], James obviously is going through his ailments, we're down bodies, we're wounded.
And for him to have that toughness, that mentality, that's what makes him one of the all-time greats. "This is a performance that's a signature performance for Kevin, and it was beautiful to watch."
The Bucks have to figure out how to stop Durant
"Just keep making it tough," Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said when asked how the Bucks could try to slow Durant down.
"Obviously one of the best scorers to ever play the game. "It's tough. He's the best player in the world right now, and we've got to beat him as a team. We've got to guard him as a team, and we've got to make him make tough shots, like tonight, and we've just got to keep doing our job, and hopefully he's going to miss.
But we've got to keep doing our job, keep guarding together, keep showing help, keep making it tough, keep picking him up full court. "We have to just keep containing him as much as possible, but at the end of the day, he's done an unbelievable job.
Best player in the world, best scorer in the world. ... There's going to be nights where he's going to do what he did tonight and have 50, and there's going to be nights that we're going to try to contain him as much as possible and give ourselves a chance to be in the game and be in position to win the game." If the Nets beat the Bucks in Game 6, they will progress into the Eastern Conference Finals.