Kevin Durant’s 51-point performance boosts Detroit Pistons in win over Nets

Photo Kevin Durant poured in 51 points—and dropped five 3-pointers—and the Detroit Pistons suffered their second straight loss, 129-115, to the Brooklyn Nets in Saturday night’s preseason game. Nets 104 Pistons 108 Box score…

Kevin Durant’s 51-point performance boosts Detroit Pistons in win over Nets

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Kevin Durant poured in 51 points—and dropped five 3-pointers—and the Detroit Pistons suffered their second straight loss, 129-115, to the Brooklyn Nets in Saturday night’s preseason game.

Nets 104 Pistons 108 Box score

The game was the first of two meetings between the two teams this season. The second comes on Oct. 22 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Durant, who returned to the NBA last season after spending the previous five years with the Golden State Warriors, was stellar throughout, sinking 14 of his 23 shots from the field, seven of his eight 3-point attempts and coming up with two offensive rebounds. He added six rebounds, a pair of assists and three steals, and started and finished all 82 games last season.

“I think the main thing is just trying to have a good time,” Durant said when asked about returning to New York City. “I don’t want to go in over my head and be, like, this jinxed guy. For me personally, just going out there and having fun is huge.”

Durant’s former teammate and Golden State teammate, Stephen Curry, was on hand as a special guest of the Nets, but the game featured plenty of action from both rosters.

The Pistons (2-1) were led by Avery Bradley, who scored 29 points, including six 3-pointers.

The Nets (2-1) got 24 points and 11 rebounds from Jarrett Allen, including eight offensive boards. Allen scored on a follow-up dunk with 5:16 left in the fourth quarter to give the Nets a 100-84 lead, their biggest of the game. Allen’s dunk was also the first time the Pistons scored on a dunk in the game.

Allen also contributed four steals, two assists and a block and told reporters after the game that he was most impressed with his defensive play.

“Defensively, I think that’s my biggest thing, is just playing defense, and that’s my biggest weapon,” Allen said. “Not letting my man drive me, but also rebounding the ball, which I’ve done for a long time. I’ve just been able to work on it, and just doing my best.”

The Pistons also got scoring from Stan Van Gundy, Drummond, Griffin and Henry Ellenson. Drummond added 21 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs. Griffin and Ellenson added 14 points each.

“They are a great team with a lot of talent,” Van Gundy said after the game. “They play fast. They made shots. They shot well. They are big. They play with an edge.”

He also said about Durant: “They’re a damn good basketball team. Give credit to him. He had his name called, and he came out and played very well tonight.”

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