NBA wrap: Kevin Durant posts triple-double as Golden State wins

Durant posted a triple-double, but he's done that before. However, he did accomplish something on Thursday he never has in 743 career games.

Kevin Durant of Golden State Warriors in action during an NBA game.   -  AFP

Another night, another Warriors win as Golden State took down the Timberwolves 126-113 at Oracle Arena.

Kevin Durant tallied the 10th triple-double of his career with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Warriors, but it is what he has done on back-to-back nights which is truly special for him.

Durant posted 10 assists for the second consecutive game for the first time in 743 career games. The Warriors had 37 assists on 48 made field goals which gives them 22 games this season with at least 32 assists. No other team in the NBA has done that more than seven times. Golden State is raising the bar for ball distribution and Durant is upping his passing game as well.

"We play good defense and rebound, anybody can push, you got shooters everywhere and I just try to make the right decision," Durant told TNT after the game.

As amazing as the Warriors' passing was Thursday, their shooting was even better. Golden State finished the day 21 of 37 from 3-point range (56.8 percent) and at one point they were shooting 72 percent from beyond the arc.

No wonder the Warriors have four all-stars in Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.


Russell Westbrook thought LeBron James had taken him last in the All-Star voting. It turns out his name was last on the list because it was alphabetical, but that didn't stop the reigning NBA MVP from going out and showing why he should have been taken first. Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points while adding six assists and six rebounds in the Thunder's 121-112 win over the Wizards.

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Nuggets center Nikola Jokic may not be a household name, but 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds is becoming a common line for the 22-year-old. Just like nifty passes like this one.

The Nuggets defeated the Knicks 130-118 on Thursday.


Josh Richardson scored six points on 2-of-13 shooting in the Heat's 89-88 loss to the Kings.


In the same game rookie guard De'Aaron Fox broke the Heat's hearts with a put-back, game-winning dunk with three seconds on the clock.


Rockets (34-12) at Pelicans (26-21) — Arguably the best backcourt in the NBA with James Harden and Chris Paul against the best frontcourt in DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. The Rockets are undefeated this season when Paul, Harden and Clint Capela are on the court together, but Capela will have his hands full with the Pelicans' two towers in the paint.

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