Kevin Durant gave Thunder fans quite the Christmas present tonight, dropping a season-high 44 on the Nuggets in a 114-106 win.
And he did it with just four points in the fourth quarter. Yet, he completely took over the game. How you ask?
As Durant would say, “hockey assist.”
After piling in 40 points through three quarters, including a spectacular 21-point third, Durant looked well on his way to a 50-point night. Or at least on his way to surpassing his career-high of 47. But the Nuggets threw a constant double-team at him every trip down and Durant showed off how much he’s improved. He passed with confidence out of the doubles, moved the ball to open men and found cutters in a position to score. Denver tried to take Durant out of the game by taking the ball out of his hands, but he took over by giving it up. Serious evolutionary stuff here people.
“The only thing I was thinking was ‘hockey assist’,” Durant said after the game. “I just wanted to catch the ball as close as I could to the basket and go from there.”
Of course Durant couldn’t lie after the game though. He looks at the scoreboard. He knew how many points he had. He had 50 on the brain. But he wasn’t going to get greedy on Christmas. He was fine with what he had and the only other present he wanted was a nice Thunder win under his tree.
“Back of my mind I wanted it bad, but I wanted a win worse,” he said. Keep Reading…