Nets’ Kevin Durant records 44 points on 85% true shooting in a 121-112 loss to Bulls

Nets’ Kevin Durant records 44 points on 85% true shooting in a 121-112 loss to Bulls

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In the Brooklyn Nets’ 121-112 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, Kevin Durant finished with 44 points with 85% true shooting. After thirty-eight games in the 2022-23 season, the 18-time All-Star is averaging a career-high 68 TS percentage.

In addition to four rebounds, five assists, a steal, and two blocks, the two-time Finals MVP shot 15 of 22 (68.2%) from the field and 5 of 10 (50%) from the arc. Though the loss ended Brooklyn’s 12-game winning streak, Durant is having one of the best seasons of his career offensively.

According to some NBA betting sites, the Nets have the third-best odds of winning the championship. Sportsbooks give better odds to the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.

From NetsPR
Kevin Durant (game-high 42 points) has recorded his third 40-point game of the season.

Durant is the second player in franchise history to score a 40-point game in Chicago (Vince Carter – 43 points – 04/11/06 in Chicago).

— NetsDaily (@NetsDaily) January 5, 2023

Durant notched a season-high 28 points in the first half. However, the Nets were trailing 69-59 at halftime. Chicago surpassed them 40-33 in the opening quarter. Brooklyn completed 42 of 91 (46.2%) shots from the floor and 12 of 37 (32.4%) from 3-point range.

“They came to play,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said after the loss. “They were desperate to win and we needed that same desperation…

“We couldn’t get over the hump and a big part of that was that we caught up. A 40 point first quarter [by Chicago] set the tone. A bit atypical for our group.”

Nets superstar Kevin Durant records 44 points with 85% true shooting in a 121-112 loss to Bulls

In December, Kevin Durant averaged 30.1 points per game at 67.2% true shooting, the highest in NBA history. His TS percentage is now higher than it was last month.

However, the Nets forward is one point down per competition. He could become the first player in league history to average 30 points on more than 65 true shoots in a single season.

This is unofficial, but as far as I know, Donovan Mitchell (71) and Kevin Durant (44) set a new Bulls opposing record for most combined points in consecutive games at 115

The previous record was 104 points, which were given to Wilt Chamberlain (68) and Walt Hazzard (36) on December 15th and 16th, 1967

— Kevin Anderson (@Kevin_NBCS) January 5, 2023

To add to that statistic, Vaughn has Durant in 31.6% of team games with him on the court. The 15-year veteran averaged a career-high 33% in the 2013-14 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Statistically, this could be Durant’s best season with the Nets.

On November 28, in Brooklyn’s 109-102 win over the Orlando Magic, the forward scored a season-high 45 points in 39 minutes. Durant shot 19 of 24 (79.2%) off the floor and made three 3-pointers.

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