For a brief moment in the first half, it looked for all the world as if Kevin Durant could be severely injured, but fortunately for fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder (and really, the entire NBA), Durant was quickly back into the game. From there, he had one of his patented offensive explosions in leading Oklahoma City to a 101-85 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Durant landed hard on his tailbone, but didn’t look phased in scoring 33 points (on 8-18 FG), grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out assists. It was another highly efficient scoring night for the game’s most prolific scorer, as he got to the line 17 times (totaling a staggering 52 attempts over a 3-game stretch) and committed only 2 turnovers over his 40 minutes of playing time. He was the biggest reason that OKC was able to overcome a subpar shooting night (40.7% from the field as a team), and he continues his ridiculously high level of play in the absence of Russell Westbrook.
Of course, Durant wasn’t the only bright spot for OKC, and they did several things well in dismantling the overwhelmed Bucks. The Thunder utterly dominated the glass in the game (58-40) and they managed to knock down 40% of their 25 three-point attempts. On an individual basis, Jeremy Lamb had a very nice night off the bench with 17 points on 10 shots, and Serge Ibaka added a huge game with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
The fact that OKC was able to get a win over Milwaukee is wholly uninspiring, but it was another prime example of just how scary Kevin Durant can be.