Erik Horne: Kevin Durant today on Reggie Jackson: Says ending for RJ was rough, but says Jackson is “like a brother”: “We had a rough ending last year with Reggie, but I can just think about when he first got here how hard he worked, how great of a teammate he is, and every guy wants an opportunity. It was tough. I didn’t like some of the stuff he said in the media and how he went about it, but at the end of the day you’ve got to respect a guy who wants that opportunity and I can appreciate a guy who wants that opportunity. I wish he would have went about it a little better, but Reggie’s always going to be a brother to me. I’m excited we get to play against him tonight and I’m glad he got his opportunity.”
In his second game back from a hamstring injury, Durant lit the Nets for 30 on 11-of-18 shooting, plus six rebounds and five assists. It was vintage Durant, a “quiet” 30 that was done methodically with pinpoint precision. The Nets threw young defender Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on Durant from tipoff, trying to let the rookie use some of his tenacious energy to make it difficult on the Thunder’s scoring savant. Durant just saw an opportunity. “I seen fresh meat and I was ready to eat. And I was hungry,” Durant said. “He’s a really, really active defender though, I really like him. Long, athletic. But I seen something in his eyes that I could exploit.”