The Rundown: Durant, Nets hush Pistons; Rose lights up Bucks

Published November 6, 2021, 1:45 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

Kevin Durant came up big down the stretch to help the Nets outlast the Pistons, while D-Rose had a strong outing off the pine to lead the Knicks to victory.


Nets 96, Pistons 90

Spurs 102, Magic 89

Wizards 115, Magic 87

Cavaliers 102, Raptors 101

Knicks 113, Bucks 98

Clippers 104, Timberwolves 84

Warriors 126, Pelicans 85

Trail Blazers 110, Pacers 106

Kings 140, Hornets 110

What went down

It was the late, late show with Kevin Durant in Detroit. 

KD and the Brooklyn Nets just couldn’t put away a pesky Detroit Pistons in the first half and things were uneventfully tied at halftime, 39-all.

By the second half, though, the Nets got things rolling and built a seemingly comfortable 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. But the Pistons just wouldn’t call it a night.

Cade Cunningham, this season’s top draft pick, and Cory Joseph found their stroke. They chipped away at the lead and, all of a sudden, the Pistons found themselves in upset territory.

It has all the making of your garden variety Nets breakdown, letting a sure-win slip away. It even had the trademark odd lowlight that’s always evident in these types of upsets. James Harden had the ball tapped by Saadiq Bey into the backcourt, but instead of picking it up for a turnover, Harden inexplicably watched as Bey picked it up for an open dunk.

In the fourth quarter, with the Pistons within striking distance, Durant (with bonus help from LaMarcus Aldridge) put his foot down and scored at will. He scored on one-legged jumpers, layups, fadeaways, looking effortless while doing so.

It was all Durant baskets down the stretch for the Nets. He proved once again why he’s one of the league’s elite scorers.

KD finished with a double-double (29 points, 10 rebounds), giving Brooklyn a big, composed win.

Big-time baller

Derrick Rose gave the defending champs Milwaukee Bucks the business off the bench. 

His statline was OG DRose: 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals. His highlights were instant classics:

What he said

Cade Cunningham led the Pistons in scoring with 17 points, at times being defended by Durant.

KD had nothing but love for the rookie after the game:

“I love Cade's game. I think he's going to be a tough, tough cover for a long, long time." 

Did you see that?

Rookie Scottie Barnes missed a couple of games for the Toronto Raptors but came back strong. Like body-slam-almost-7-footer-Jarrett-Allen strong: