Warriors reward Kevin Durant’s 51-point sport towards Raptors | NBA


The Warriors praised Kevin Durant after his 51-point sport towards the Raptors, regardless of the workforce’s 131-128 additional time loss Thursday. 

Durant completed the evening 18-for-31 from the sphere, 4-for-7 past the arc and 11-for-12 from the free-throw line. He additionally had 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

Coach Steve Kerr and several other Golden State gamers reacted to Durant’s spectacular evening, giving him credit score for protecting the workforce within the sport. 

“He is simply in a groove. He is that proficient, although. The place if he begins to really feel it, he can get any shot he needs just about any time,” Kerr instructed reporters (by way of the East Bay Instances). “So when he is feeling it, there’s not a complete lot a protection can do.”

Thursday marked the primary time Durant has scored 40 or extra factors in three consecutive video games. The final participant to attain 40 or extra in three straight was Russell Westbrook in March 2017, based on ESPN Stats & Info.

“To see him clearly stepping as much as the plate and carrying the load like that, the scoring load like he’s, he is been spectacular to observe,” Draymond Inexperienced stated (per ESPN.com). “And clearly doing it in KD trend: environment friendly, inside the sport. It has been actually, actually particular to observe and clearly comes at a a lot wanted time for us.”

Moreover, Durant reached his sixth 50-point efficiency of his profession Thursday (his second with the Warriors). 

“He is the very best offensive participant I ever performed towards. So to see him do it for my workforce, it is unbelievable,” Jonas Jerebko stated. “He can rating at any level. Too unhealthy we did not come out with the win, however Kevin is doing his factor. We want that. It may hold taking place.”

Durant was humble after the sport, saying he was simply centered on being the very best participant he may very well be for the Warriors.

“My solely focus is being the very best model of me that I can every possession on each ends,” Durant stated. “When you simply give attention to that, you get misplaced within the sport. Makes or misses or turnovers or errors actually do not matter. Simply transfer onto the subsequent play. Strive to not have a number of errors, however in case you do have one, simply transfer on.”

The Warriors (15-8) have a break day earlier than going through the Pistons (11-7) on the highway Saturday with tip-off set for 7 p.m. ET.

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