The team called it a left knee sprain, and it occurred with just under six minutes left in the quarter as Pelicans guard Herb Jones drove to the basket, he collided with Nets guard Bruce Brown who fell backwards into Durant, who was standing behind the play.
Durant tried to stay in the game for a few moments, walking around, trying to loosen the knee up, but he walked straight over to the bench and checked himself out shortly thereafter. Durant went straight back to the locker room to be checked out.
At halftime, with the Nets leading, 69-41, the team announced Durant would be out for the remainder of the game.
The injury overshadows what had been a strong return for the former MVP, who sat out Thursday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder to rest. In 12 minutes on Saturday, Durant had 12 points, three rebounds and two assists before leaving the game.