Durant Becomes 1st Golden State Player with Impressive Stat Line

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffNovember 27, 2016

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Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant notched 28 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and five assists in Saturday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In doing so, Durant became the first player in team history to post at least 25 points, 10 boards, five blocks and five assists in a contest, per ESPN Stats & Info (via Elias Sports Bureau). The stat line dates back to 1973-74, when blocks were first recorded.

Durant's move to the Warriors in the offseason came as a surprise to some. The signing made the team even more dangerous and has positioned Golden State as the heavy favorite to win the NBA championship in 2016-17, per Odds Shark

The team didn't come close to matching last season's 24-game winning streak to begin this campaign. Golden State dropped its season opener against the San Antonio Spurs, but things have turned the corner in a big way since then.

Following the loss to San Antonio, the Warriors have won 15 of their last 16 games. They've also taken 11 straight games, including Saturday's 115-102 victory over Minnesota. Durant has contributed in a major way to Golden State's early-season success, averaging 27.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists through 17 games.

While each average has slightly declined from his 2015-16 output with the Oklahoma City Thunder, that's to be expected with more mouths to feed on his new team. It's still early in the season as well, giving him plenty of time to up those totals.

Golden State owns a league-best 15-2 record through 17 contests thus far. If they want to challenge last season's NBA-record 73 victories, the club will likely need to post a win streak similar to last season's opening run.

Durant and his teammates will get a chance to extend their current win streak to 12 games Monday when they host the Atlanta Hawks.


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