As Kevin Durant rained hellfire for Team LeBron in the 2019 All-Star Game, it was clear why he is the most coveted free agent in the 2020 class.
It’s even more apparent why he’s such a valued member of the Golden State Warriors dynasty. On the night that the best players in the world engaged in a gentleman’s exhibition, Durant was the star that shined the brightest. The hardwood assassin landed dagger after dagger like it was the NBA Finals. And much like the Finals, Durant took the MVP honors with a 31 point, 7 rebound performance that was as efficient as it was timely.
No one could stop Durant from activating what I call the “E.A.T.” system: Efficiency, Attitude, and Theatrics.
The All-Star game is notorious for reckless chucking. Case in point: the two teams combined for 167 three-pointers Sunday. Even Durant’s Golden State teammate Stephen Curry wasn’t immune from jack fever; the Golden Child was a hilarious 6-of-23 from the field.
But Durant was cruelly accurate, shooting 10-of-15 from the field, nailing 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Kevin Durant is the fourth player in Warriors history to be named All-Star Game MVP, joining Paul Arizin (1952), Wilt Chamberlain (1960) and Rick Barry (1967).— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 18, 2019
KD set the tone early on for Team LeBron when he went at the giant Joel Embiid.
KD’s trash talk to Embiid after that shot didn’t look like it was just for All-Star show.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 18, 2019
Don’t let Durant’s quiet off the court demeanor distract you from the killer he is on the court. He didn’t hesitate to let the braggadocious big man know that he can’t guard the Slim Reaper.
Durant nonchalantly took over the fourth quarter on a court full of stars, drilling big shot after big shot in Charlotte.
With six minutes to go, Durant’s squad led 155-153.
- 5:54 Kevin Durant makes 28-foot three point jumper (Kyrie Irving assists) 158 - 153
- 5:18 Kevin Durant makes 23-foot three point jumper (Kyrie Irving assists) 161 - 153
And just like that, Team Giannis was wobbling. Durant would add two more jumpers down the stretch in addition to a big block on Embiid to close the deal.
Once again, the NBA's best high-stakes money baller is Kevin Durant. Back-to-back Finals MVPs. Took over the 4th quarter of the All-Star Game.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 18, 2019
kevin durant deciding its time for everyone to die is always just so breathtaking— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) February 18, 2019
Sure feels good to have him on our side in the Golden Empire, amirite? Check out KD giving Dub Nation a special shout out below!