KEVIN Durant said facing his former Oklahoma City Thunder team is never going to be a regular game, and he sure brought another special performance on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) in their second clash.
After dropping 39 points in their first meeting, Durant took charge anew for the Golden State Warriors with a new season-high 40 on just 13-of-16 attempts (5-of-7 from deep), and even sparking a pivotal third quarter run to take the fight out of the Thunder, 121-100, at the Oracle Arena.
After a tightly contested and testy first half, Durant and Klay Thompson both knocked down two triples each in a 26-13 blitz to help the Warriors pull away late in the third, 89-76. Golden State went on to outscore OKC, 37-22, in the period to take a 93-78 lead into the fourth.
A 7-0 start, capped by another Thompson triple, gave the Warriors a 22-point advantage with over nine minutes left. And with OKC getting within 16, Durant showed no mercy in scoring seven during a Warriors 13-6 run to widen the gap, 117-94, entering the final two minutes of play.
Durant added 12 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks to his tally, his best game by far in a Warriors jersey, to help Golden State improve to a league-leading 36-6 after nabbing five straight wins. Steph Curry had 24 points and eight assists, while Klay Thompson finished with 14 markers. Draymond Green also had a double-double with 12 markers, 10 rebounds to go with five assists and three blocks.
Russell Westbrook bounced back from a hard hit from Zaza Pachulia near the end of the first half by notching his 21st triple double of the season with more than five minutes left in the third. He finished with 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists but also had 10 turnovers, his third quadruple-double this season.
Enes Kanter carried the fight early for OKC with 10 first quarter points, helping the Thunder take a seven point lead early in the second period and keep in step with the Warriors in the first half with the game tied at 56 at the break. He ended up with 22 markers and nine rebounds while Victory Oladipo chipped in 20 points. The Thunder have lost two in a row to fall to 25-19