Durant scored a new career-high 54 points in leading the Thunder
past the Golden State Warriors 127-121 on Friday at the Chesapeake
"As the leader, my main objective is to serve my teammates," Durant
said. "Some nights I have to put it up, I have to score. Some nights
I have to do other things. I just tried to do the best I can to lead
the team and lead us to victory."
Durant took 39 points into the fourth quarter with his team leading
by 10. He then put on a clinic of off balance 3-pointers and
acrobatic mid-range jumpers.
The Warriors tried several players on him and doubling him them
moment he touched the ball. Nothing worked. Durant scored 16 points
in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
"He wasn't going too crazy in the first half," Warriors guard Andre
Iguodala said. "But late in the third, when he made those two shots
and got to the line, it kind of carried over into the fourth. He had
a seven, eight minute span where everything was going in for him. By
the time we doubled him on the catch, it was too late."
Durant reached his total on 19-for-28 shooting from the field and
11-for-13 from the free throw line. It was his sixth straight game
of at least 30 points and third game of more than 40 in January.
"He's a special talent," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "He's
a superstar basketball player. All-time great. He made shots."
Oklahoma City (30-10) forward Serge Ibaka added 21 points and eight
rebounds guard Reggie Jackson chipped in with 14 points and six
The Warriors (25-16) got 37 points on 11-for-18 shooting from guard
Seth Curry. Guard Klay Thompson posted 26 points. But only five came
"We have to play with the same edge as we played with before,"
Jackson said. "Right now, teams are a little bit too confident the
last few nights. Got to get it back. The good news is there is
another one tomorrow."
While both teams talked about playing defense coming into the
contest, it was their offense that was on full display in the
opening period. Durant and Curry went shot for shot in a high octane
"There are so many things I love about KD," Thunder coach Scott
Brooks said. "I just love the fact that he's an amazing teammate. He
wants to win. He wants to help his teammates have success. He has a
gift of scoring. He also has a gift of playmaking. He's a two-way
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But it was the Thunder 's bench that allowed them to hold a
39-32 first quarter advantage. Guard Jeremy Lamb and center
Steven Adams came in and made an immediate impact.
Fouls slowed the game down in the second quarter. Especially for
the Thunder who racked up 16 in the first half.
But that didn't stop the scoring as Durant continued to light it
up the Warriors from all over the court. He finished the first
half with 29 points as Oklahoma City set a new season high for
first half points with a 71-65 lead.
With Curry and Thompson both going cold in the third quarter, it
was forward Marresse Speights that kept the Warriors
competitive. He was able to get both Adams and Nick Collison in
foul trouble with his physical style in the paint.
But it wasn't enough to offset the Durant onslaught that was to
come in the final period. And despite the MVP chants that filled
the arena in the fourth, Durant said he isn't thinking about it.
"That's premature, man," Durant said. "It's still early in the
season. I try not to think about that type of stuff. Ofcourse,
as a player, you would love to win the MVP award. Can't think
about that. Can't take my focus off the team."
NOTES: Even though Golden State is ninth in the NBA in scoring,
coach Mark Jackson is more impressed with his team's defense
when they travel. "We take pride on the defensive end," Jackson
said. "Because of that, our act travels." ... After Oklahoma
City held the Houston Rockets to 19 second-half points in a
comeback victory on Thursday night, Thunder coach Scott Brooks
said that could be a pivotal moment in the team's season. "I
think as you go back and look back on a season, (Thursday) could
be a game that we grew," Brooks said. "That we grew up. It's
definitely a confidence builder." ... Oklahoma City assigned
rookie F Andre Roberson to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA
Development League four hours before game time. Roberson has
appeared in 16 games (four starts) for the Thunder and is
averaging 1.8 points and 2.3 rebounds. It was the third time he
has been assigned to Tulsa this season.
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