The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Detroit Pistons 117-91 on Sunday.
Unfortunately, the win did not come without a bit of controversy.
With a little more than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Kevin Durant was ejected from the game over a flagrant 2 committed against Pistons center Kelly Olynyk.
Kevin Durant was ejected after this foul was ruled a Flagrant 2. pic.twitter.com/d7RdSFwCZk
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 1, 2021
The foul occurred as Durant followed Pistons forward Saddiq Bey to the top of the key, only to run into Olynyk’s tough screen. It seemed like Durant’s play against Olynyk was simply an attempt to get through.
Durant would go on to acknowledge this much after the game.
“I tried to run through the screen,” Durant said. “That was the result of me trying to blow the screen up.”
Despite not playing in the fourth quarter, Durant finished with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting.
That’s one way to do Halloween. https://t.co/YmqiqaNaYN
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 1, 2021
Big picture, the Nets are finally regaining some semblance of momentum. It appears as though Durant’s tough words for James Harden last week did the trick. Same with his overall brutal honesty about Brooklyn’s season thus far.
If the Nets keep going on this path, they may just return to being the title contender so many believed they were prior to the season commencing.