Just moments after his main competition for the NBA MVP award threw up a triple-double in a dominant win, Kevin Durant put the Oklahoma City Thunder on his back (again) in route to a 94-81 win over the Sacramento Kings.
While the final score indicates that Oklahoma City won by only 13 points, this particular contest was much more lopsided than that, and Durant was the main reason. The Thunder led by 31 points after three quarters (not a misprint), and in only 29 minutes of action, Durant scored 29 points (on eleven field goal attempts), dished out 6 assists, and even racked up 2 steals and 2 blocks on the way to the big win. It was yet another example of just how scary he can be when he has it going, and there is a reason that Kevin Durant has become the “1-A” to LeBron James.
Elsewhere, Oklahoma City’s defense did their part, holding the visiting Kings to 36.5% shooting from the floor and generating 16 turnovers that led to 19 points on the other end. There have been whispers of a “slipping” defense for the Thunder, but they put their critics to rest for one night with this type of effort, even against the lowly Kings.
Kevin Durant is good at basketball, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are here to stay.