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Warrior Wonder: Kevin Durant scores 51, gives no damns about the Raptors or Drake

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KD put the team on his back with his third straight game over 40 points, nearly carrying the short-handed Warriors to an upset of the Raptors in Toronto.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
Kevin Durant took his hot shooting to another level against the Raptors, scoring 51 points and nearly pulling off the upset in Toronto.
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We predicted that Kevin Durant would step up big time against the Toronto Raptors, and that the Golden State Warriors would need a heroic effort from him to pull off the upset as nine-point underdogs and it almost happened.

KD’s play was otherworldly, helping the Dubs get to overtime after trailing all game, but a lack of offensive contribution from the rest of the Warriors sans Stephen Curry and Draymond Green proved to be their downfall as they lost 128-131.

Though Warriors fans are now spoiled and aren’t used to losing and certainly not typically happy about losses, KD’s confidence and hot shooting in a close game on the road against the best team in the East, following the drama and doldrums of the Warriors last road trip, are reasons for optimism. It was also nice to see him comfortable and having fun again in his taunting of Drake.

KD was lethal from every where on the court, whether it was going to the rack and finishing strong or getting fouled to nailing three-pointers from deep, ending with 51 points on 18-31 shooting, 4-7 from three point range, 11-12 on free throws, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

KD had 12 points in the first quarter and 20 points by halftime, at which point he got into it with Drake, applying a titty-twister which perhaps helped fuel the monster second half to come.

But Durant really started heating up in the second half, playing the role of the easy money sniper with unstoppable jumpers, including a Stephen Curry-esque shot from the logo to end the third quarter that hit nothing but net and left Drake’s mouth open.

Even with all of his hot shooting in the 3rd quarter, Kevin’s most impressive shots may have been his three pointer with 45 seconds left in the game to pull the Warriors within three points, 116-119, and his three pointer with 8 seconds left to tie the game at 119 and send it into overtime.

Despite the Warriors falling short in OT, KD’s shooting, enthusiasm and visible joy was a welcome sight for Dubs fans, even if he did end up giving Drake his game jersey.

Durant’s performance tonight makes you wonder what could have been if Draymond had listened and let KD have the ball for that last shot at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Poll

Who was your Warrior Wonder against the Raptors on 11/29/18?

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  • 9%
    Kevin Durant and his three-pointer from the logo?
    (27 votes)
  • 68%
    Kevin Durant and his three-pointer from the corner to tie the game at 119?
    (205 votes)
  • 12%
    Kevin Durant and his titty-twister on Drake?
    (36 votes)
  • 0%
    Klay Thompson
    (1 vote)
  • 7%
    Jonas Jerebko
    (23 votes)
  • 2%
    Kevon Looney
    (7 votes)
299 votes total Vote Now