Despite Brooklyn Nets’ Game 7 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Kendrick Perkins gave huge props to Kevin Durant for his historic 48-point performance.
The Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series between Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets have lived up to its hype. Back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and co. faced a bunch of future Hall-Of-Famers and produced one of the best series in this playoffs so far.
Game 7 of the Bucks-Nets series was as action-packed a thriller as fans expected it to be. With the series on the line, both teams playing a do-or-die game, all players put in all their efforts.
There was one name that stood out in tonight’s game – Kevin Durant. Entering Game 7, KD was averaging 33.3 points throughout the series, so expecting a big game out of the Slim Reaper was in the cards. However, no one could quite imagine the kind of historic game the 2014 MVP would end up producing.
“Kevin Durant slander should stop. He gave everything he could and more”: Kendrick Perkins
In a tough 115-11 overtime loss, Easy Money Sniper proved to us why he is considered to be one the most prolific scorers of all time. Durantula finished the last game of his 2020-2021 campaign putting up an incredible 48 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in a whopping 53 minutes while shooting on 47/36/91 splits.
This 48-point outburst made the 11-time All-Star the record holder for the most points scored in any Game 7 in playoffs history.
Kevin Durant played 58 Minutes and scored 48 Points. Nothing but respect for KD. 💯 pic.twitter.com/VVZPYbS2eg
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 20, 2021
Immediately after the match, analyst Kendrick Perkins showered KD with love and appreciation. The ESPN analyst took it to Twitter and gave huge props to Durant for his valiant efforts in a losing cause. Perkins wrote:
“I will not tolerate any KD slander on here anymore!!! That man did everything he could and more…with that said Bucks in 7 got Damn it! Carry the hell on…”
I will not tolerate any KD slander on here anymore!!! That man did everything he could and more…with that said Bucks in 7 got Damn it! Carry the hell on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 20, 2021
Irrespective of the final outcome, Kevin Durant did have a great 2021 playoffs run. Despite the Nets being riddled with injuries throughout the regular and postseason, KD always found a way to carry his team over the line. He averaged an impressive 34.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists through 12 playoff games.
Clearly, at the age of 32, coming off a horrific Achilles injury, Durant stood out throughout the season. Undoubtedly, KD alongside Harden and Irving will come back stronger next year, with revenge on their mind.