2021 Playoffs: East Semifinal | Nets (2) vs. Bucks (3)
NBA Twitter reacts to Kevin Durant's legendary performance
Active and retired players alike lavished praise on Durant via Twitter following his epic Game 5 outing against the Bucks.
From NBA.com News Services
The numbers defy belief: 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals, all 48 minutes played.
Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant did absolutely everything he possibly could to carry his team Tuesday against Milwaukee, and it paid off with one of the greatest playoff performances in history, and perhaps the best single outing of his illustrious career. And the Nets needed every single bit of his epic production to hold off the Bucks for a 114-108 victory that gave them a 3-2 lead in the series.
Durant became the first player to put up 45-plus points, 15-plus rebounds and 10-plus assists in a playoff game. He also posted the second-most points in a playoff triple-double, just one behind the 50-point triple-double former teammate Russell Westbrook put up in 2017.
The performance drew plaudits from throughout the NBA from active and retired players alike via Twitter:
Giannis has high praise for KD 👀 pic.twitter.com/q41iS86psm
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 16, 2021
GREATNESS!! Appreciate it while you can people! #KD
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 16, 2021
You great killa!!! @KDTrey5
— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) June 16, 2021
Got Damn Slim!
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) June 16, 2021
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 16, 2021
Kevin Durant… your favorite player’s favorite player
— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) June 16, 2021
Greatness from @KDTrey5!!! Incredible performance
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) June 16, 2021
Let it be known @KDTrey5
— Isiah Thomas (@IsiahThomas) June 16, 2021
Rucker Park Durant!!!
— Tim Hardaway Jr (@T_HardJR) June 16, 2021
Bruh first team all defense and ain’t go check easy$ 🤔
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 16, 2021
KD just put on a Masterpiece yo
— Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) June 16, 2021
Man KD is unfair🤣
— Kevin Huerter (@KevinHuerter) June 16, 2021
masterful performance from KD… he played all 48! #legend
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) June 16, 2021
That’s what great ones Do #easymoneysniper
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) June 16, 2021
Thank you for this spiritual experience KD.
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) June 16, 2021
Kevin Durant gave us a Mount Rushmore performance tonight!! 🔥🥵 @KDTrey5
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 16, 2021
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) June 16, 2021
KD taking over this game
— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) June 16, 2021
— Terrence Ross (@TerrenceRoss) June 16, 2021
KD insane dawg
— RJ (@RjHampton14) June 16, 2021
KD really diff
— Tre Jones (@Tre3Jones) June 16, 2021
— Damion Lee (@Dami0nLee) June 16, 2021