Kevin Durant put on a scoring exhibition as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Golden State Warriors 127-121.
Durant shot 19-of-28 from the field, including 5-of-9 from three point range as he compiled a career high 54 points. Even the Warriors Twitter account was impressed:
After a performance like that, we have to give it up for KD. 54 points on 19-for-28 shooting. Kevin Durant #NBABallot
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) January 18, 2014
Durant’s former career high was 52 points against the Dallas Mavericks, and is the highest total for a single player since Steph Curry torched the New York Knicks for 54 at Maddison Square Gardens last season. He has been averaging 30 points a game this season, leading the league by four points per game.
As MVP chants rained down from the crowd, reigning MVP LeBron James probably won’t be feeling any less jealous of the role Durant plays in the Thunder’s offence.