NBA wrap: Kevin Durant leads Warriors win; Rockets' defense dominates again

Durant led all scorers with 38 points on 15-of-27 shooting with nine rebounds and five assists.

When Kevin Durant decides to take over a game there is no stopping him.   -  GETTY IMAGES

When Kevin Durant decides to take over a game, there is no stopping him. He made a decision Sunday he would not be stopped, and the Pelicans could do nothing about it.

The 2013-14 NBA MVP led all scorers with 38 points on 15-of-27 shooting with nine rebounds and five assists as Golden State took Game 4 in New Orleans, 118-92.

"He was attacking tonight, right from the beginning and he was brilliant," head-coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game. "There's not much you can do because he's so tall and long he's going to be able to get a shot over you."

The Warriors went with their vaunted death lineup of Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala Sunday and every single player registered a plus/minus of plus-21 points or better. Golden State now leads the series 3-1 and will look to close it out Tuesday in Oakland.

In Utah, it was the Rockets' defense that controlled the game once again as Houston took down the Jazz 100-87 to go up 3-1 in the series.

Houston contested every single shot on the night and forced a lot of missed lay-ups from the Jazz as well. The Rockets finished with 11 steals and eight blocks. Clint Capela had six of those blocks, five of which came in the final three minutes of the game, according to ESPN.

Utah shot just 39 per cent from the floor and 24.1 per cent from 3-point range.

The Rockets and Jazz will face off in Game 5 Tuesday in Houston.


Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds and was a perfect 10 for 10 from the free-throw line.

Chris Paul had 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Not a bad birthday at all.


Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic scored seven points on 1-of-7 shooting. While his 11 rebounds are impressive, the Pelicans need him for his scoring more than his ability to grab boards and he didn't provide that Sunday.

Jazz forward Jae Crowder shot 1 for 11 from the field with five points and five rebounds.

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