Kevin Durant scored 54 points and helped the Oklahoma City Thunder edge out the Golden State Warriors 127-121 on Friday night.
The Thunder’s all-star had an outstanding night, making 19 of 28 field goals and sinking 11 of 13 free throw attempts. It was KD’s third consecutive game where he scored at least 36 points.
Oklahoma City’s starters in general played a complete, cohesive game against Golden State, and notched their third win out of four games. They shot 58-percent as a team, and scored a season-high point total.
Serge Ibaka helped out with 21 points and eight boards, while Reggie Jackson added 12 more points and Kendrick Perkins had 10 rebounds.
For Golden State, Stephen Curry had a double-double with 37 points and 11 rebounds, and Klay Thompson added 26 more points. 22 of Curry’s points came in the first half alone, as did eight assists.
It was another thrilling clash between these two Western Conference titans, but the Warriors–who shot 52-percent as a team–just did not have enough gas in the tank to contend with Durant.
The Warriors were able to keep it close for most of the game–even leading very, very briefly in the second quarter–but the Thunder kicked it up a notch and extended their lead to double digits for much of the fourth quarter. To the Warriors’ credit, they closed strong, and made the final score look a lot closer than the fourth quarter actually was.
Durant knocked down back-to-back three-pointers with Draymond Greene defending him, and put the Thunder up a comfortable 116-103 in the fourth quarter. Later, he drained another three with just over five minutes left in the game to hit the 50-point mark, and the home crowd erupted in cheers. Moments after that, he turned around and hit the jumper for two more points.
With 2:45 left in the game, Durant hit a pair of free throws to establish a new career-high scoring figure, while the home crowd chanted “M-V-P!” around him.
Oklahoma City advances to 30-10 on the season, and 17-3 at home. They next host the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. ET.