Kevin Durant
BROOKLYN, NY – JANUARY 23: Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Miami Heat on January 23, 2021 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Despite missing several players, including two superstars in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to earn a big win over the Brooklyn Nets that were without James Harden.

After the game Brooklyn’s superstar Kevin Durant said that the reigning NBA champions came out more motivated and gave his team an early punch and then they found their shots.

“They just played with more urgency to start the game,” Durant said postgame. “They hit us in the mouth early, and that was fighting uphill all game. And then they got hot.

“You come in a game, guys who haven’t played as much get more opportunities and playing free. And they came out and hit us in the mouth. They’re the champs. You got to respect it.”

Durant was the top scorer for the Nets with 22 points in 24 minutes. He also added 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

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