In round two of the Kevin Durant vs Oklahoma City (really Russell Westbrook) matchup, Durant had his best game of the season.
This game marked game 41 of the season for the Warriors, exactly the halfway point out of 82 games.
Yes, the Warriors won the game 121-100… very expected, but it was the matchup-within-the-matchup between KD and Russ that stole the show.
For half the game, this was a close contest. The Thunder, led by another Westbrook triple-double (27 pts, 15 rebs, 13 assts) played the Thunder toe-to-toe in the first half and looked as if they could possibly pull off a win versus the heavily-favored Warriors.
Then the third quarter happened.
The third quarter featured moments that we all had hoped for when KD made then move to Golden State and would be facing his former battery mate Westbrook. The two faced off in an epic display of play that showed why this matchup has been so heavily billed.
The quarter started with the Warriors going on a 7-2 run and the Thunder coming back to tie the game a piece. Durant then hits a three which is followed by five quick Klay Thompson points to give the Warriors an eight-point lead. Westbrook, in typical fashion, responds with a huge dunk to cut the lead and the Warriors’ run. However, Durant followed that with another three the next possession in a made for TV, sequence filled with ooo’s and ahh’s from the crowd.
After that epic sequence, the Warriors would go on 14-4 run to close the quarter to take a 93-78 lead going into the fourth, outscoring the Thunder in the third 37-22.
In total, Durant would finish with 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists off a stellar 13 for 16 shooting from the field, including 5 for 7 from three.
The 40 points is his season high, besting his previous high of 39 that came against none other than the Thunder in their first matchup of the season.
Durant displayed his full offensive arsenal Wednesday night, shooting from all areas of the floor, attacking the rim with authority, rebounding effectively, setting his teammates up and even defending the rim with a couple of nice blocks.’
Although the first two of these matchups have been lopsided, they haven’t lack for high intensity action and emotion that has come to be expected from both teams, especially this season with everything that happened.
Durant has proven to this point that he probably made the right move in going to Golden State and his play has rewarded him for that move, especially against his former squad.
With the second matchup complete, do you still feel the same about Durant’s move to Golden State? Let’s talk about it here or find me on Twitter @Phenombc3.