After being questioned on his play in video games one and two of the sequence, the reigning NBA Finals MVP Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m Kevin Durant. You understand who I’mÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ put the dagger within the coronary heart of Los Angeles Clippers and anti-Durant followers by dropping a playoff career-high 50 factors in Golden StateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s series-clinching 129-110 win final night time. He made the mandatory changes to how the Clippers have been defending him and went on to common 41.5 factors on 57 p.c taking pictures all through the ultimate 4 video games of the sequence.
Following Damian LillardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unbelievable efficiency on Tuesday night time, Durant turned the second participant in NBA Playoff historical past to attain 50 factors in a series-clinching win on Friday.
Of Golden StateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 72 first-half factors, Durant scored 38 of them Ã¢â‚¬â€ this included a number of in-rhythm threes, quite a lot of turnaround jumpers, and simple seems to be across the rim on drives Ã¢â‚¬â€ which tied Charles Barkley for probably the most factors ever produced in a single half within the postseason.
Durant reached the 50 mark by taking pictures 15-for-26 from the sector, 6-for-14 from three, and 14-for-15 from the road. He additionally grabbed six rebounds and dished out 5 assists.
Whereas itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unclear if his time in Golden State will lengthen past this season, Durant is as soon as once more taking part in his greatest basketball of the season when it issues probably the most for the Warriors. Given the intense concern over Klay ThompsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ankle, the wounded Warriors will want Durant to maintain this up subsequent spherical if they need an opportunity on the four-peat.
Golden StateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second spherical sequence in opposition to the Houston Rockets begins at dwelling on Sunday (2:30 Central; ABC).