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Durant returns to Nets' lineup after 23-game absence

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant is back in the starting lineup for the Brooklyn Nets after missing 23 games with a strained left hamstring. The Nets’ game against New Orleans on Wednesday night was Durant’s first since Feb. 13 at Golden State. He and the Nets originally thought his injury was minor, but subsequent testing showed it to be more serious. Coach Steve Nash said the Nets would be careful with Durant in his return and didn’t plan on sending him out to play 35 minutes. Durant returned just as James Harden went out of the lineup with his own hamstring injury.  

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