Oakland, California. – When a perfectionist and a competitor, Kevin Durant knows that he has to kill well over 50 points, had dropped a few more shots.
"I am sure all my colleagues on the team felt that way," said the usually effective Golden State Star.
Durant scored a season high 49 points, giving Golden State leadership in the three-point play with 1:19 left before hitting a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left to send the Warriors past the Orlando Magic, 116-110 on Monday night,
"I still missed 17 shots. I cheat 50-piece. I felt that I had a few shots that I wish I could do the last game and the game, "said Duran.
"I could be better I feel in the groove. Just play a lot of minutes and with sword in hand, especially with the way the game is, the flow of the game. Obviously, if you can win some, you 're going to score some points in this league. "
Durant topped his performance 44-point two nights ago with another brilliant outing on both ends, even if he does not like shooting 16 for 33. Clay Thompson was his scoring sidekick again as the two-time NBA champion of the world was playing without injured All Stephen Curry, the star Draymond Green.
Thompson hit his sixth 3 nights, to tie it with 1:45 left and finished with 29 points.
The last three games, Durant scored 125 points and Thompson 91.
"It was difficult to stop them. That's why they are great players, "said Orlando Nikola Vučević. "They made shot after shot at the end."
Durant became the seventh player in the history of warriors to post consecutive 40-point game – with Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Curry, Antawn Jamison, Purvis Short and Thompson, according to Elias.
Vučević had 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Magic, who takes the victory in the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Durant also had nine assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks, taking his defense to another level last week.
He and Thompson carried the burden, as the Warriors won for the third time in a row following a rare four-game losing streak.
Golden State closed third 12-2 run to pull within 83-79 heading in the last 12 minutes. Mo Bamba third with 10:35 to go gave the Magic to 88-79 lead before Thompson answered from the depths of these two domains.
Quinn Cook, starting at the point Curry contributed eight points, six rebounds and four assists as Golden State signed four games the homestand, beating the Magic in the 11 th time in a row – the second-longest active streak warrior against an opponent after 16 wins row against Phoenix.
Warriors shot only 4 of 15 from 3-point range in the first half and fell behind 64-47 at the break. They hope that the two-time MVP Kari returns to some point during their upcoming five-game trip. Curry missed his 11th consecutive game with a strained left groin, while Green sat sixth in a row and eighth in all with a sprained right thumb.
Evan Fournier made four of his first six shots and then missed his final eight for Orlando.
Bark scrimmaged Monday and plans to go through the full practice Tuesday, making it possible he could play Thursday in Toronto.
"He could have," said coach Steve Kerr.
Bark was injured Nov. 8 against the Bucks shot trying to challenge in the transition to Bledsoe.
"Steph looked good today. The whole is dominated by the film crew, "Kerr from the & # 39; edliva. "They could not protect him. (Assistant) Willie Green put a very good fight, but it is several years past his prime. "
Magic: Aaron Gordon started 0 to 6, to the left in the third with lower back tightness and did not return. … Magic with & # 39 are 2-2 on the road against the West. … Orlando is not beaten soldiers on 14 December 2012, and not in Oakland, starting from December 3 of that year.
Warriors Durant 29 of 30 from the free throw line in the last two games. "I try to stay in the 90 this year. I hope my 3-point percentage goes up, too. "… Golden State 7-1 against the Eastern Conference this season. … Warriors won their sixth straight at home against Orlando. … Green was limited to conditioning work on Monday and went on a bike. He must be on the court several times before Kerr ready to put him back in the game. … Reserve key Alfonzo McKinney was limited to the sixth straight game.
Magic: Continue their West Coast Swing in Portland on Wednesday.
Warriors: The Predators on Thursday trying to ninth straight win in the series and fifth in a row in Toronto.
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