Nets rookie Cameron Thomas wanted Kevin Durant to finish the game on time against Spurs, but had to do the job himself.
The Brooklyn Nets just needed a home win, they finally ended their home drought since Dec. 16, with an overtime win at the Barclays Center. A game against the San Antonio Spurs (15-23) which they would have assumed was an easy win was wide open even after the end of regulation time.
An exploding lead late in settlement resulted in five more minutes, but it ultimately went to the Nets, who were only looking for their 2nd win in their last five.
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Kevin Durant scored 28 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steak while James Harden had 26 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds. But both struggled after being 10 points ahead with 4 minutes left in regulation and were forced into extra time.
Neither one killed the game for Team Brooklyn, to everyone’s surprise rookie Cameron Thomas made a runner down the aisle with 1.4 seconds left in overtime .
Kevin Durant let the rookie do the work in overtime
The Nets beat the San Antonio Spurs 121-119 on Sunday to end a five-game losing streak at home. A presumably easy game for the Nets had the Spurs up 3 points with 4:23 remaining. Then KD and Co took over to take a 14-point lead in the third quarter. But saw him cut short to just two at the end of the third.
Spurs managed to move up to fourth due to KD’s shooting drop to fourth. In the OT, they forced the Slim Reaper to give up the ball in the Nets’ final possession, and he handed it to Thomas. The rookie had just had a conversation with Durant about the game ending earlier.
“It’s cool because I said to Kevin before I released the time-out, ‘I’m trying to get on the plane, man, so stop the game.’ So he gave it to me, and I said, “I’ll do it.” Thomas said about the winner in the OT.
Cam Thomas on his winner against Spurs
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“Different challenges in each game, so we figure out what they are, fight them and do better. ” Kevin Durant said. On Cam’s shot, the two-time Final MVP said, “He just showed his genius. Making a tough runner is his shot.
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In an unusual schedule, the Brooklyn Nets will then face the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday due to games postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.