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NBA - US Sports: Durant shrugs off 'saviour' notion

Kevin Durant impressed for Brooklyn Nets on his return from injury in Thursday's loss to Miami Heat but dismissed the idea he will be his team's 'saviour'.

The Nets are 11/2 to win the NBA Championship outright, while Miami can be backed at 10/1 and all the action can be followed on the Sports Live Streaming page.

Mixed campaign

Brooklyn were expected to mount a serious challenge this season but they have endured a difficult campaign and sit eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 32-32 overall record.

The Nets will probably have to come through the play-in tournament to reach the playoffs as they are five games behind Cleveland Cavaliers in sixth with just 18 outings remaining.

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Durant returned after a six-week absence against Miami and produced a strong display with 31 points, four rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes but Brooklyn still fell short as they were beaten 113-105 at the Barclays Center.

The two-time champion said he felt "great" after making a return and believes he will continue to improve over the course of the remainder of the regular season.

Nets no one-man team

However, Durant insists he cannot lead the team to a championship on his own the Nets need to work as a team if they are to make any kind of impact in the postseason.

"I don't look at myself as that, as a saviour," he said before the game against Miami, via ESPN. "But I know what I can do and how much I can help this team and what we're missing as a group, but I'm not trying to go out there and win a game by myself tonight or make it all about me.

"I just try to go out there and help and be a good teammate and do what I do. I know what I bring to the table and try to do it to the best of my abilities."

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