This is the marquee game on Christmas day. "They've been in that position before, but just not on Christmas at the Oracle Arena". As the 2017-18 season progresses, they'll also be seeking to meet up again in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year. It shouldn't diminish what is already shaping up to be his best ever season.
NBA Twitter had mostly sided with James, and Durant bristled at this assertion after the game.
"I was thinking about it on the drive in - how many players are [better] in year 15 than in year 10?"
The ball went out of bounds, and the refs awarded the ball to the Warriors, after which point they made their free throws and won the game. It was Golden State's 12th win in 13 games. These two men's careers have been intertwined because of it. Cleveland would fail to score another point throughout the remainder of the game, with the final two missed calls each coming on shooting plays.
Durant said his moves were clean. If anyone is, it's him. He'll have a night off Tuesday before a Wednesday game against the Sacramento Kings.
Also true: Kevin Durant is building quite the MVP resume, but for the first time in his career, he's doing it on the defensive end. Kevin Durant led the National Basketball Association in PER when he won MVP (29.90). He has been the Golden State's secret weapon in these matchups.
The up-tempo, running rivals provided high entertainment as always and will see each other again soon on January 15 in Cleveland.
The second foul was even more obvious. "It just so happens that KD is the right matchup for us and he wants the job". Without Curry playing, we will not see this lineup on Christmas. The Warriors got the ball back. A lot of that was due to the defense of Durant and Draymond Green.
Paul George added 24 and Carmelo Anthony 20 for the Thunder, who extended their season-long winning streak to five games.
Sure, this one felt a little odd without Curry or Kyrie Irving, now in Boston. "LeBron is so fantastic and it's so fun to feel the energy in the building when the two teams get together".
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