The 33-year-old finished with 51 points off of 16-of-31 shooting in his 41 minutes on the floor along with seven rebounds, nine assists and two blocks.
“We’re missing James (Harden), we’re missing Paul Millsap, so I felt like I had to pick up the scoring a little more,” Durant added. “This team, Detroit, was playing back in the pick and roll, they wasn’t doubling as often as other teams, so I just tried to take advantage.”
Not only was it a season-high tally, but Durant’s 51 points was also a record for the Pistons’ Little Caesars Arena.
He surpassed the mark set by Nets teammate Blake Griffin of 50 points. It was the seventh 50-point game of Durant’s career.
For the undermanned Nets, guard Patty Mills scored 18 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 points.
The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2021, Cade Cunningham, led Detroit with 26 points, while Frank Jackson had 25 points.