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Kevin Durant contested shot vs. Pelicans, tight crop

Kevin Durant contested shot vs. Pelicans, tight crop

After missing 23 games with a hamstring strain, Nets forward Kevin Durant finally made his return to the floor on Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Though he was initially in the team’s announced starting lineup, Durant was taken out of the starting five just before the game began. But with 7:37 left in the first half, the 11-time All-Star officially checked in for the first time, playing in front of Nets fans for the first time this season.

It didn’t take him long to get on the scoresheet, as Durant made a catch-and-shoot elbow jumper less than a minute into his first stint on the floor, with his jump shot looking as smooth as ever. Durant scored nine points in the first half, hitting both of his shot attempts while knocking down all five of his free throws.

Durant continued his stellar play in the second half, pushing his point total up to 15 points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting, including two threes.

In all, Durant played just under 19 minutes off the bench, and he didn’t miss a shot all night, finishing 5-for-5 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the line for 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.

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