Du­rant too hot for for­mer team­mates

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

OAK­LAND, Cal­i­for­nia (AP): GOLDEN STATE’S Kevin Du­rant thor­oughly em­bar­rassed his old Ok­la­homa City team­mates by sink­ing seven three-point­ers and scor­ing 39 points as the War­riors strolled to a 12296 win against the Thun­der on Thurs­day.

De­feat for the Thun­der left Cleve­land as the NBA’s last un­beaten team, as LeBron James led the Cava­liers past Bos­ton.

The highly an­tic­i­pated clash of last year’s West­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nals re­volved around Du­rant, who had made the big-money move to the War­riors, and he rose to the oc­ca­sion, with his seven three-point­ers match­ing a ca­reer high.

Rus­sell West­brook was ea­ger to show that he could lead Ok­la­homa City with­out Du­rant, but was held to just 20 points; 17.8 points be­low his sea­son av­er­age.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry added 21 points while Klay Thomp­son re­dis­cov­ered his three-point radar and hit four long shots as the War­riors notched a fourth straight win.

Reign­ing league cham­pi­ons Cleve­land emerged as the new-sea­son pace­set­ters by de­feat­ing Bos­ton 128-122.

The Cava­liers have won their open­ing five games for the first time in 40 years.

LeBron James scored a sea­son-high 30 points, edg­ing within two points of pass­ing Ha­keem Ola­ju­won for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scor­ing list. Ola­ju­won had 26,946 points, a to­tal James will likely sur­pass to­day in Philadel­phia.

Kevin Love scored 26 points, also a sea­son high, while Kyrie Irv­ing added 23 for the Cava­liers, while Tris­tan Thomp­son recorded a dou­ble-dou­ble in the first half, fin­ish­ing with 15 points and 14 re­bounds.

Isa­iah Thomas scored 30 points and Av­ery Bradley had 26 for the Celtics, who played with­out two starters: cen­ter Al Hor­ford (con­cus­sion) and for­ward Jae Crow­der (sprained left an­kle).

Mil­wau­kee’s Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo and Jabari Parker each had 27 points to lead the Bucks past In­di­ana 125-106.

In­di­ana had a brief surge in the fourth quar­ter, clos­ing within nine points, but could get no closer and fell to 0-3 in road games.

Paul Ge­orge scored 23 points for the Pacers.

Or­lando won back-to-back games for the first time this sea­son, as Evan Fournier scored 29 points in a 102-94 win against Sacra­mento.

An at­tempted 3-pointer by Ne­manja Bjel­ica on the buzzer went in then out, al­low­ing Den­ver to hang on for a 102-99 vic­tory at Min­nesota.


Ok­la­homa City Thun­der guard Rus­sell West­brook (left) and An­dre Rober­son (right) guard Golden State War­riors’ Kevin Du­rant (35) dur­ing the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thurs­day in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. Golden State won 122-96.

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