Nets' Durant pulled from game against Raptors due to health and safety protocols

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In a bizarre turn of events, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets was pulled from Friday night's game against the Toronto Raptors due to the league's health and safety protocols, the team announced.

The 32-year-old did not start the game, as he underwent contact tracing before the game and was not cleared before tip-off.

Durant came off the bench at the 4:13 mark of the first quarter after he was permitted to play. But an abrupt reversal from the league forced him to exit.

The small forward, who missed three games in January due to the league's health and safety protocols, was among four Nets players to test positive for coronavirus last March.

Durant is currently the second-leading scorer in the NBA.