A 49-point triple-double by Kevin Durant gives the Brooklyn Nets a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 114-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night.

Durant had arguably the best performance of his career finishing with 49 points on 16-for-23 shooting to go along with 17 rebounds and 10 assists while playing 48 minutes in this best-of-seven affair.

And a special performance is exactly what Durant delivered. He told Nets coach Steve Nash early in the game, after Milwaukee jumped out to an early lead, that he could stay in if Nash needed him to.

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"It's ridiculous what he's able to do," Nash said. "We know he's capable of nights like this, but to do it tonight ... we lose [Irving], James obviously is going through his ailments, we're down bodies, we're wounded. And for him to have that toughness, that mentality, that's what makes him one of the all-time greats."

But as the Nets head to Milwaukee to try to close out the Bucks in Game 6 on Thursday night, Durant was simply looking forward to getting back on the court once again.

"To be honest, I don't even rank or look at performances," he said. "Once they happen, I just try to move on and see if I can do it again. It was a fun game to be a part of. There's a lot of games in my career that I felt like were just as fun. I'm sure when I reflect on it we can talk about it again, but for now it was great that we got the W."

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