The Brooklyn Nets clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference in style agains the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Not only did Kyrie Irving become part of the 50/40/90 club, but the Nets channeled the Harlem Globetrotters with one of the best highlights of the season.
In case you somehow missed the ridiculousness:
Did Kevin Durant just finish off the play of the year?!pic.twitter.com/6eWv4GbGgP
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 17, 2021
Blake Griffin got the action going with his flashy no-look pass to Irving to get the play started, and the Nets big man at least wanted some credit for that.
“Listen, I don't like to pat myself on the back,” Griffin said, grinning. “But I did get that thing started. I was yelling at everybody to take off. I passed it to Kyrie, and then I was yelling at Kyrie to pass it to Mike, and I told Mike to throw it off the backboard. Kevin just dunked it. I didn't tell him anything. I don't want to take credit for it. Those guys did it. I was just kind of orchestrating from behind.”
Kevin Durant finished off the play with the thunderous slam. The Nets star gave his own take on the highlight-reel play:
“It felt like it was laid on a platter for us,” Durant said. “It happened so fast; I don't think we forced anything. And those are usually the best plays, when it just organically happens. I'm excited to be a part of it.”
While Griffin started the play and Durant finished it, don't forget about Mike James. The Nets guard was the one who tossed the pass off the backboard to Durant for the flush. The veteran guard admitted he was “a little nervous” he was going to screw it up and that his “Nets career would have been over” if the play was botched.
It was not, of course, and the Nets are cruising into the playoffs. They're ready to unleash the full might of their Big Three on the postseason, with plenty more highlight plays surely to come as they make a push for a championship.