Durant loses match, but becomes second-youngest to reach 20000 points


OAKLAND-After romping to a 16-point beat down of the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at Staples Center, the Warriors elected to spot their foes from down south 45 points on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. At age 29 he is the second youngest to do it behind LeBron James. While James was more than a year younger than Durant when he hit the mark, it took Durant just 11 games more (737) than it took James (726) to reach 20,000 points in part because Durant spent a year at Texas while James jumped straight to the National Basketball Association out of high school. Then, Clippers guard Lou Williams simply took over. Therefore, it's no surprise that Golden State is all over the voting returns.

Durant - last season's NBA Finals MVP - did most of his damage with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but has been scoring at an impressive rate since joining the Warriors in 2016. "For me, it was more important to get a win, try to close that gap to try to get back to.500, especially with the injuries and with guys in and out the lineup and for us to have that opportunity to be in the playoff fold".

The Warriors have already lost more regular-season games at home (six) than they did in all of last season (five), but also are the only team that hasn't so much as lost two in a row this season. "That's awesome to see".

"When you see Blake's hand (tremble), you knew it was bad", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

"Every game's not going to be pretty".

In Wednesday night's 125-106 loss to the Clippers, Durant was superb, needing only 18 shots and 31 minutes to pour in 40 points.

With the exception of his rookie year, Durant has never posted a season in which he averaged less than 25 points per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the game's leading scorer with 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Wesley Johnson added two free throws to seal the win.

"They're going to tell me what makes sense". "I wouldn't say I have like wide-receiver feet, where they've got the quick jabs and they can change direction up like that. I had the whole court in front of me". "We just had a normal shootaround and he was in his usual game day routine with Q (Bruce Fraser) and he just rolled his ankle somehow", Kerr said. Conversely, Williams scored 27 third-quarter points himself.

The Clippers also got a lift from Harrell, who made all seven of his shots in the period.

All of these key injuries have led to a rather dramatic decline in the Warriors defensive execution in recent weeks. "Fine head-wise and all that", he said.

Kings: Bogdanovich had four fouls in the first half. Earlier in the year, Curry missed about three weeks. Mason was injured December 31 against Memphis.