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January 18, 2014

Durant erupts in Thunder win

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

The Warriors (25-16) got 37 points on 11-for-18 shooting from guard Steph Curry. Guard Klay Thompson posted 26 points. But only five came after halftime.

While both teams talked about playing defense coming into the contest, it was their offense that was on full display in the opening period. Durant and Curry went shot for shot in a high-octane 12 minutes.

“There are so many things I love about KD,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “I just love the fact that he’s an amazing teammate. He wants to win. He wants to help his teammates have success. He has a gift of scoring. He also has a gift of playmaking. He’s a two-way player.”

But it was the Thunder’s bench that allowed them to hold a 39-32 first quarter advantage. Guard Jeremy Lamb and center Steven Adams came in and made an immediate impact.

Fouls slowed the game down in the second quarter. Especially for the Thunder who racked up 16 in the first half.

But that didn’t stop the scoring as Durant continued to light it up the Warriors from all over the court. He finished the first half with 29 points as Oklahoma City set a new season high for first half points with a 71-65 lead.

With Curry and Thompson both going cold in the third quarter, it was forward Marresse Speights that kept the Warriors competitive. He was able to get both Adams and Nick Collison in foul trouble with his physical style in the paint.

But it wasn’t enough to offset the Durant onslaught that was to come in the final period. And despite the MVP chants that filled the arena in the fourth, Durant said he isn’t thinking about it.

“That’s premature, man,” Durant said. “It’s still early in the season. I try not to think about that type of stuff. Of course, as a player, you would love to win the MVP award. Can’t think about that. Can’t take my focus off the team.”

Michael Kinney

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