Kevin Durant Drops Career-High 54 Points vs. Warriors

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JANUARY 17: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder moves the ball down the court during an NBA game on January 17, 2014 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Layne Murdoch/Getty Images

The Oklahoma City Thunder knocked off the Golden State Warriors to the tune of 127-121 in front of their home fans, but that wasn’t the real story.

Superstar Kevin Durant put on a dazzling display of pure-scoring with a career-high 54 points. He shot 19-of-28 from the field and 5-of-9 from behind the three-point line, and his scoring burst in the fourth quarter gave the Thunder a big enough lead to come away with the victory. The Warriors took to Twitter in a classy move that acknowledged Durant's huge night:

Durant’s display broke his previous career-high of 52 points versus the Dallas Mavericks.

Durant led the league in scoring coming into the contest with 30 points a game, which was an entire four points a night higher than the likes of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. Durant's display against the Warriors likely did nothing to quell James' jealousy of Durant's role in the offense.

MVP chants rained down on the Thunder’s franchise player as he dazzled the fans during the fourth quarter.

It was the first 50-plus point game in the NBA this season and was ironically the most points since opponent Stephen Curry, as NBA on ESPN pointed out:

ESPN Stats and Info Tweeted out Durant's ridiculous shot chart and indicated just how special of a season Durant is having:

As for the Thunder, any win they can get with Russell Westbrook sidelined is critical. They are looking up at San Antonio and Portland in the standings in the quest for the best record in the Western Conference.

If Durant continues to play like this, accumulating those wins should not be a problem.