Oklahoma City, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Durant scored a career-high 54 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome a barrage of triples from the Golden State Warriors en route to a 127-121 win Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Durant went 19-for-28 from the field, making more baskets than the rest of the Thunder starters combined, on top of six assists and four rebounds as Oklahoma City improved to 30-10.
Durant became the first player to score at least 54 points on at least 65-percent shooting while handing out at least five assists since Michael Jordan did it in April 3, 1988.
“As the leader of this team, my main objective is to serve my teammates and some nights I have to put it up,” said Durant.
“You can point out KD’s 54 points but also just his ability to get good shots. He had a game tonight that he was just hard to contain,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.
Serge Ibaka added 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Reggie Jackson scored 14 points and handed out six assists while Jeremy Lamb had 12 as the Thunder recorded their 10th straight win over the Warriors in Oklahoma City.
“He’s a special talent, a superstar basketball player, an all-time great,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson on Kevin Durant.
Jackson got 37 points and 11 assists from Steph Curry, 25 points from Klay Thompson and 13 points apiece from David Lee and Marreese Speights for the Warriors (25-16), who made 16 shots from beyond the arc.
The Thunder were leading by just three midway through the third quarter before they went on a 17-7 run to extend their lead to 13 markers.
The margin proved to be enough to keep the Warriors at bay until the final buzzer.