But behind the herculean effort from Lou Williams that netted him a career-high 50 points, the Clippers pulled off a shocking 125-106 victory over nemesis Golden State on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, beating the Warriors for the first time since December 25, 2014. Kevin Durant, on the other hand, was a 19-year-old freshman who was averaging 26 ppg and 11 rpg when he won every major college player of the year award in 2007. He did most of his damage in a fiery third quarter in which he put up 27 points, staking the Clippers to a slim lead that ballooned in the fourth.
Warriors injury report: PG Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) is out.
Clippers: Harrell's 16 points in the second quarter were two more than he had the entire game against Golden State.
Golden State ranks eighth in rebounds per game (44.8) while Milwaukee ranks last (38.6).
That first half against Los Angeles couldn't have been a clearer display of his abilities as a scorer, with Durant dropping 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting, along with three made triples in as many attempts.
"I think they can play about any style they want with the amount of talent they have, even when they take out two guys that they're taking out", Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said. As a Thunder fan, that had to sting - your team's best player deciding he'd rather compete alongside the enemy. You could nearly see Durant stepping on the throat of the entire Cavaliers team, at that moment.
If Durant is able to stay healthy, it's only a matter of time until he becomes the ninth member of the 30,000-point club.
The Wizards shot 52.6 percent from the field but lost their second straight after a four-game winning streak.
Durant did so at 29 years and 103 days. Houston responded with a 6-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Paul, to make it 111-104 about a minute later. Former Sickles High standout John Henson picked up his fifth double double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who handed the Magic its sixth straight loss and 15th in its last 16.
When he reaches that 20,000-point mark, he said he is not sure how he will react but acknowledged that it will be an occasion he cherishes forever.
"It was hard to stop him", Durant said of the man who spoilt his night.
Due to Curry's absence and a scheduled rest for his Splash Brother Klay Thompson, Durant was forced to shoulder the Warriors' scoring load after missing the past three games due to a calf strain. Assuming he continues to score at least 1,700 points per year, he will quickly surpass the next milestone marker of 25,000 at some point within the next three years.