Durant's return leads Nets to 139-111 win over the Pelicans

Coming off the bench, Kevin Durant returned to the Nets, finishing with 17 points and perfect shooting in Brooklyn's 139-111 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

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STEVE NASH: We just thought it was an opportunity to give him a chance to play in the second half while the game is tight to be able to play down the stretch. That way we could manage his minutes and his minute limitations in a way that could allow him to have an impact on the game if it was close and not much more to it really.

KEVIN DURANT: I expected to come out here and play the way I played. I wasn't trying to ease into the game. I just wanted to go out there and got right into the action. I mean, the game was already fast paced already. So from watching it from the bench I knew exactly how I needed to approach it. But it was pretty cool coming off the bench. I can't lie. But it was also good to play in front of the fans as well.

BLAKE GRIFFIN: I thought he was obviously very, very good. I mean, any time you come in and play-- I mean, his numbers-- I think they put them up on the screen. And he had only played 12 minutes at the time. He was like four for four, five for five from the free throw line. I think five rebounds, four assists or something like that.

It's just like, after missing two months and then coming back and not looking that comfortable, I mean, it's crazy. But as far as playing with him, I mean, players like that-- some of the guys we have, like, they just make the game easy. So for me, it's just about getting the reps and getting used to it.

STEVE NASH: It's not hard to play basketball with Kevin Durant. So I think he's going to make guys better. He demands a lot of attention and creates a lot of space on the floor.

He's a shot maker, but he creates a lot for his teammates as well, whether it's through passing or just his presence. So I think that his length also helps the group. And in a number of ways, he affects his teammates so positively. So I think a lot of combinations are going to improve because of him being back in the lineup.