The Oklahoma City Thunder (30-10) defeated the Golden State Warriors (25-16) 127-121 on Friday night behind a career-high 54 points from Kevin Durant.
After scoring a game-high 29 points in the first half, Durant exploded in the second half and finished with the NBA's first 50-point game this season. He also scored 13 of Oklahoma City's final 17 points, shot a remarkable 19-of-28 from the field (5-of-9 from three, 11-of-13 from the line) and dished out six assists in the win. It was Durant's third-career 50-point game.
As a team, the Thunder shot 58 percent from the floor and 41 percent from three and finished with four players in double figures, including Serge Ibaka, who poured in 21 points (8-of-11 shooting) and grabbed eight rebounds.
Kendrick Perkins was solid throughout, scoring six points and pulling down a season-high 12 rebounds.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points on 11-of-18 shooting (6-of-10 from three) and 11 assists in the loss while Klay Thompson racked up 26 points and tied Curry with a game-high six threes. Curry now leads the league with five 30-point, 10-assist games this season.
While the Warriors shot 52 percent from the field and 59 percent from three, they simply couldn't contain an explosive Oklahoma City offense that brought far more energy on the second night of a back-to-back.
Next up for the Thunder is a showdown with the Sacramento Kings on Sunday while the Warriors will travel to New Orleans for a matchup with the Pelicans on Saturday night.