Kevin Durant returns, scores 33 points off bench in Brooklyn Nets’ win over Phoenix Suns

After missing the past three games because of a bruised thigh, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant returned on Sunday and erupted for 33 points in 28 minutes in a 128-119 victory over the visiting Phoenix Suns.

“It’s like riding a bike,” Durant said. “You get your footing right and just get your rhythm going; and I think my teammates did a great job of looking for me all game, and I just wanted to resort back to that work I put in. The shots I work on at practice and shootaround, try to get to those as much as possible to gain my rhythm and then start to get a little more creative as the game progressed. It was a good start.

“Hopefully, I build on this game and keep going.”

For the third time this season, Durant came off the bench for the Nets, checking in with 8 minutes left in the second quarter. The Nets wanted to backload Durant’s minutes, playing him more in the second half, during which he spent 20 of the final 24 minutes on the floor.

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