Video: Kevin Durant Returns, Helps Nets Blowout the Pelicans

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant returned to the court on Wednesday night as his team took on the New Orleans Pelicans and his teammates welcomed him back with open arms. Durant scored 17 points on a perfect night of shooting as the Nets won 139-111.

Not only did Durant come off the bench and knock down all of his shots, he chipped in with seven rebounds, five assists, and one block.

Durant had this to say after the game to Malika Andrews of ESPN:

It felt like I was right at home. Easy adjustment to just get back in the swing of things. Coach drew up a play for me the first time I got in and I was able to score. That kind of relaxed me a bit.

I was at a cap in minutes and coach (Nash) wanted to see if it's a close game, he wanted to be able to throw me in there in the fourth. He decided to compromise a few minutes earlier in the game and see what happens later on ... it worked out.

Durant had some help as Kyrie Irving scored 24 points and freshly minted Net LaMarcus Aldridge had his best game in Brooklyn, scoring 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting. 

Durant came off the bench for only the second time of his career on Wednesday. The strategy worked as it allowed for KD to play later in the game. While the first quarter was close between the two clubs, the Nets outscored the Pels 103-78 over the final three quarters.

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