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Kevin Durant drops 54, leads Thunder over Warriors (VIDEO)

Jan 18, 2014, 4:07 AM EDT

All Kevin Durant all the time.

For the Thunder to win against good team without Russell Westbrook it’s going to take a lot of Durant — and that is what he did against Golden State, finishing with 54 points on 19-28 shooting, six assists and four rebounds. He scored in double figures, leading a Thunder attack that led by as much as 17 in the fourth quarter (before a late Warrior run made it interesting).

It was the kind of game MVPs have.

Hat tip Ben Golliver at SI for the video.

  1. boli34 - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    That’s all the recap we get about that performance? Oh yeah it’s not about Lebron or the heat so we can’t get any analysis.

  2. archilochusColubris - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    He sure did score in double figures.

  3. pacers24 - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    on the same night melo goes 4-23 (17%) durant goes for 54 on 19-28 (68%)

    haha KD be killin em

    keep chucking tho melo!

  4. padraighansen - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    LeBron said that he was jealous that KD can shoot 30 times per game with OKC.

    In his career, KD has had 6 30+ shot games.

    LeBron has had 24.

    • urodaddy07 - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      I guess the “King” has a short memory.

    • reesesteel23 - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Pretty sure Lebron is talking about since he joined the Heat and sacrificed shots…but whatever…wonderful stat

      • padraighansen - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        No doubt that his shots per game are way down with the Heat. Most impressive thing about the Heat is how well they share the rock, given the established stars on that team.

      • sportsfan18 - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        OK, SINCE LBJ joined the HEAT, here is what he’s averaged in shots per game

        1st yr with Heat 18.8 shots a game
        2nd yr with Heat 18.9 shots a game
        3rd yr with Heat 17.8 shots a game
        This year so far 16.1 shots a game

        Durant has averaged 18.9 shots a game for his career. LBJ’s career average is 20.0 shots a game.

        What LBJ means is THIS season. Even LAST year when LBJ “only” took 17.8 shots a game, guess what, Durant only took 17.7 shots a game last year.

        And since LBJ took a good number of shots his first 3 seasons with the Heat, she sure COULD again this year if he wanted to.

      • belleby123 - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        Sacrificed shots or concentrated more on flopping? For some reason I didn’t see KD hit the deck once in those highlights.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      22 of those came in Cleveland, genius.

      • padraighansen - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        So I guess they don’t count then, genius. Is that about right?

      • antistratfordian - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        Not in this discussion, no, they don’t.

  5. urodaddy07 - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    He gets my vote for MVP

    • antistratfordian - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      So far you’d have to give it to KD. LeBron is not playing up to his usual standards, which is a pretty insane thing to say considering he’s playing so well.

      We’ll see if Durant can keep this up – he’s been leading the MVP race in the first half of seasons recently, only to taper off later as LeBron rises.

  6. jj871 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    KD drops 54 on only 28 shots and you guys give him 1 article with highlights and a couple of sentences? Really?

    If Lebron had done this there would be 5 straight articles dedicated to both him and the Heat.

    • reesesteel23 - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      You and padraighansen are only helping the cause by bringing up Lebron when the article is about KD.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      KD isn’t LeBron.

  7. tuberippin - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    Of the players I’ve seen in the past twenty years, the only guys that are comparable to KD as pure shooters are Ray Allen, Peja, Reggie Miller, and Steph Curry. Maybe Drazen Petrovic too, but I was very young when he was still alive.

    Durant just makes it look so easy. Several of those shots towards the end of the game were shots that almost no other player in the league could have made.

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