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Kevin Durant scores 40 or more in three straight games for first time

November 30,2018 12:23

Kevin Durant can't be stopped right now. The Warriors superstar put on another show in Toronto on Thursday night, surpassing 40 points for the third straight game. It's the first time in his legendary career that he's scored 40 or more in three ...and more »


Kevin Durant scores 40 or more in three straight games for first time
By Ali Thanawalla November 29, 2018 7:37 PM

Kevin Durant can't be stopped right now.
The Warriors superstar put on another show in Toronto on Thursday night, surpassing 40 points for the third straight game. It's the first time in his legendary career that he's scored 40 or more in three straight games.
He finished regulation with 47, including two monster 3-pointers that forced overtime.
Durant scored four points early in overtime to surpass the 50-point mark, but that's all the scoring he would do as the Raptors put the clamps on and hung on for a 131-128 win in overtime.
Over the last three games, Durant is averaging a ridiculous 48 points per game.
With the 51 points, Durant passed Hall of Famer Hal Greer for 34th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Durant now sits at 21,606 career points, 185 points behind Larry Bird for 33rd place.

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant-Drake back-and-forth is game within Warriors-Raptors game
By NBC Sports Bay Area staff November 29, 2018 9:10 PM

Kevin Durant don't give a damn about no damn Drake night, but Drake sure did give a damn about KD's big night in Toronto.
The Warriors star and the world-famous rapper have a long history built on both trash talk and mutual respect. So, when the Dubs visited the Raptors on Thursday night, we all expected a good game between the teams and some great banter between the celebs.
It delivered on all counts, starting with KD hitting Drake with the purple nurple while he walked to the Warriors' locker room at halftime.
That must have lit a fire under Durant, who made some unreal third-quarter plays that dropped the rapper's jaw.
That (likely) left Drake asking, "KD, do you love me? Are you riding?" But the only thing Durant was riding was a hot streak, as he sank an unreal 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
OT didn't go the Warriors' way, but Durant's 51-point, 11-rebound, six-assist effort earned Drake's request for his jersey.
KD obliged.
Now we have to hope it's God's plan for a Warriors-Raptors NBA Finals ...

Warriors takeaways: What we learned from thrilling OT loss to Raptors
By Monte Poole November 29, 2018 7:51 PM

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The Warriors’ modest three-game win streak came to an end Thursday night, when their late comeback they took a 131-128 loss at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
The defending champs overcame an 18-point deficit to get the game into overtime but faded during those final five minutes, committing five turnovers and being outscored 12-9.
Toronto (19-4) snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Warriors (15-8).
Here are three takeaways from one of the most spectacular games of the season:
KD, still cooking
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson carried the offense during the three-game winning streak, with Durant averaging 41.7 points and Thompson 27.0.
They carried the offense again on this night – with Durant doing most of the heavy lifting.
Durant poured in a season-high 51 points – including 18 during a ferocious third-quarter push by the Warriors – on 18-of-31 shooting, including 4-7 from deep and 11-of-12 from the line. He added 11 rebounds and six assists.
This was Durant’s sixth career 50-point game and he joins Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and Curry as the only Warriors to post three consecutive games with at least 40 points.
Thompson finished with 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field, including 3-of-9 from beyond the arc, but missed three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter despite getting decent to good looks on all three.
This team can’t wait for Stephen Curry until comes back. That’s scheduled for Saturday.
They were late early
The Warriors opened as if they were wearing ankle weights. They were a step slow with defensive rotations and a beat behind on many of their passes.
That was enough to not only help the Raptors find their offensive rhythm but also stay in it. While the Warriors were wiping the sleep from their eyes, Toronto built first-quarter leads of 20-6 and 32-14.
The Warriors in the first quarter committed six turnovers, off which Toronto scored 12 points. The Raptors shot 72.7 percent from the field in the quarter, including 60 percent from beyond the arc.
The Warriors spent the rest of the game trying to climb out of a well and managed to do so ever so briefly. They outscored Toronto over the final three quarters and OT but fell short at the end.
This game begs for a postseason rematch
This matchup of two of the NBA’s elite teams lived up to the billing and perhaps beyond it given that the Warriors were without Draymond Green and Curry.
The game within the game, featuring Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard and Durant, was one for the ages. Leonard finished with 37 points, adding eight rebounds and three assists.
With the exception of 14 seconds of the first minute, the Warriors spent the entire game trailing.
The Raptors basically owned the game and still had to sweat it out and hold on.

Tags: Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors

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