Kevin Durant put up 54 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a close victory over the Golden State Warriors, 127-121. The Thunder shot lights out, finishing 47-81 (58.0%) from the field and 24-33 (72.7%) at the free throw line. Oklahoma City (30-10) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Houston Rockets on Thursday.
Durant finished 19-28 from the field (5-9 on 3-pointers) and 11-13 from the free throw line, in a quality performance offensively. Oklahoma City also got solid performances from Serge Ibaka with 21 points and 8 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson with 14 points and 6 assists. Stephen Curry had another quality performance for Golden State despite the loss, putting up 37 points on 11-18 shooting (6-10 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 9-11 from the free throw line. David Lee contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds.
The Thunder combined an eFG% of 63.6% with 40.9% 3-point shooting. They are 8-2 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Warriors, on the other hand, are 3-3 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Golden State (25-16) to 1-2 versus Oklahoma City on the season.
Coming up next, the Thunder take on the Sacramento Kings, who are 14-24 on the year. The Warriors go up against the New Orleans Pelicans, currently 15-23 this season. The Thunder have a 1-0 record against Sacramento this season. The Warriors have been victorious in their last two games against New Orleans.