Kevin Durant laments ‘terrible’ part of James Harden’s Nets debut
KD, however, was still not quite pleased with his team’s inability to take care of the basketball on Saturday at Barclays Center.
After the Nets put away the Magic, 122-115, the two-time NBA champion aired his displeasure over the team’s 19 turnovers. He also took responsibility considering 15 of those were committed by him and Harden.
Kevin Durant was asked if he talked to James Harden after the game: "We had 15 turnovers between the two of us. That's terrible. And we had 19 as a team. I should probably go talk to him about that right now."
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 17, 2021
While most superstars would be pretty darn happy after a performance like that, it seems Kevin Durant does expect more out of himself and his team. This just speaks to the level of perfection that the one-time MVP expects for Brooklyn this season.
The arrival of James Harden, after all, further strengthened their status as legitimate contenders for the Larry O’Brien trophy. It’s quite scary for the rest of the league that the Nets looked this good even without their thrid superstar Kyrie Irving, who has yet to return after citing personal reasons.
The Magic did put up a pretty good fight but were outclassed by the two Nets superstars. Durant fired a game-high 42 points on 16-for-26 shooting from the field and 5-for-8 from deep. KD even broke the franchise record for scoring 25 or more points in nine straight games.
The same goes for Harden, who also made history in his first game in a Nets jersey. He dropped a franchise-best 14 dimes, while also becoming the first player in league history to record a 30-point triple-double in his debut for his new team.