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Kevin Durant Sets NBA Game 7 Scoring Record with 48 Points in OT Loss to Bucks

Blake SchusterContributor IJune 20, 2021

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Kevin Durant sank one of the biggest shots of his career, set a league record and continued to prove he's one of the best players to ever step foot on an NBA court.

None of it brought Brooklyn any closer to a title.

With a 115-111 overtime loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center on Saturday, the Nets are headed to the offseason despite an all-time performance from Durant.

He went off for 48 points on 17-of-36 shooting (4-of-11 from three, 10-of-11 from the free-throw), adding nine rebounds and six assists in 53 minutes. It's the most points ever scored in a Game 7, topping the record of 47 shared by two Hall of Famers:

NBA Communications @NBAPR

With 48 points tonight, Kevin Durant set a new Game 7⃣ scoring record.<br><br>Previous record: <br><br>Dominique Wilkins, 47 points (May 22, 1988, Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics)<br><br>Sam Jones, 47 points (April 10, 1963, Boston Celtics vs. Cincinnati Royals)

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

🚨 KD APPRECIATION POST 🚨 <br><br>➖ Comes back from ruptured Achilles<br>➖ Avg 26.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 5.6 AST<br>➖ Put up first 45-15-10 playoff game ever<br>➖ SCORED THE MOST PTS EVER (48) IN A GAME 7<br><br>Special.<br><br>(h/t @statmuse) pic.twitter.com/qWBQrdmh4h

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

KD IS CLUTCH!! 😱 pic.twitter.com/UII6qxBYuB

Durant's last-second shot to send the game to overtime was as close to a three-pointer as possible. The Texas product's foot was just barely, but clearly, on the line.

He tried to duplicate that effort at the end of overtime but was forced into a tough shot by Jrue Holiday and wasn't able to even get the ball to the rim. Had it gone down, the Nets would've been up by one with less than a second remaining.

Asked afterward if his performance makes the loss easier to accept, the 32-year-old scoffed at the idea.

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"Not at all," Durant told reporters. "Who cares?"

Now the Nets will be left to wonder what could have been had Kyrie Irving (ankle) been available past Game 4 or if James Harden (hamstring) had been close to 100 percent. The Bucks, meanwhile, will face either the Atlanta Hawks or Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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