Kevin Durant delivered a Game 5 masterpiece to put the Brooklyn Nets up 3-2 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
TAKEAWAYS: Durant's Game 5 performance puts Nets up 3-2
His 49 came on a scorching 16-of-23 from the field, 4-of-9 from the 3-point line and 13-of-16 at the free-throw line, adding 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two blocks.
Just look at the shot chart! That's a whole lotta green.
In arguably the best performance of his NBA career, let's take a closer look at some of the wild numbers from KD's Game 5:
1: A playoff first
With his monster stat line, durant became the FIRST player in NBA history to record at least 45 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a playoff game.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, his 30 second-half points make him the first Nets player to have over 30 in a playoff half in the last 25 postseasons.
Kevin Durant is the first player in NBA postseason history with 45 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a game.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 16, 2021
Durant had 30 points in a playoff half for the 2nd time in his career. He is the first Nets player with 30 points in a half over the last 25 postseasons. pic.twitter.com/gub60v4Lam
His 49 are the second-most in a triple-double game in playoff history. His former teammate Russell Westbrook recorded a 50-point triple-double against the Houston Rockets in 2017, while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
TWITTER REACTION: NBA stars in awe of Durant's Game 5
48: Minutes played
With Kyrie Irving sidelined with an ankle sprain and James Harden in his first game back after a hamstring injury, the Nets needed everything from Durant and that's exactly what he gave them.
Playing every second of the game, Durant left it all on the floor, becoming the first player to play an entire playoff game since LeBron James in Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.
74: Points Durant was responsible for
Durant had his fingerprints all over this game, either scoring or assisting on 74 of the Nets' 114 points in Game 5 (65 percent),
He took his game to another level in the second half, helping the Nets overcome a 17-point deficit, scoring or assisting on 43 of their last 52 points, including this ridiculous triple to beat the shot clock in the final minute of the game.
KD FROM DEEP. HE'S GOT 46.- NBA (@NBA) June 16, 2021
Nets up 2.. Final minute of Game 5 on TNT. #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/B3nXfASKNa
69.6: An all-time shooting percentage
Not only did Durant pile on the points, he did so at a ridiculously efficient rate.
His 16-of-23 from the field (69.6 percent) is the third-highest field goal percentage in a 40-point triple-double in NBA playoffs history.
Only Charles Barkley (43 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists on 72.7 percent) in 1993 and Jimmy Butler (40 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds on 70 percent) in 2020 rank higher, per Basketball Reference .
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