MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant turned in essentially the most environment friendly offensive efficiency of his profession on Wednesday night time, going 12-for-13 from the sector in a 118-103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
“The sport’s straightforward for Kevin,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated. “It simply is. I do not assume there’s ever been anyone as expert at his measurement within the historical past of the league, so he simply does no matter he desires.”
Durant repeatedly did no matter he needed in opposition to the Grizzlies, hitting from all around the flooring, whereas including 9 rebounds, 5 assists and two steals in 35 minutes of play. He completed with a game-high +30 and is now 17-for-19 from the sector over his previous two video games.
Durant acknowledged that Wednesday was the most effective taking pictures efficiency of his profession whereas noting that effectivity grew to become his focus throughout the second yr of his profession as a member of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
Season, PlayerPct.Totals1990-91, Chris Mullin1.00011-111984-85, Lester Conner1.00010-101963-64, Wilt Chamberlain.94718-192018-19, Kevin Durant.92312-131966-67, Jim King.92312-13– Minimal 10 discipline purpose makes an attempt
“2009,” Durant stated. “My second yr within the league. I began charting my photographs and makes and misses all through the sport. That type of jogged my memory to take good photographs and it retains me locked in on the movement of the sport. So I suppose it is a recreation inside a recreation.”
Durant’s effectivity left each his teammates and coaches in awe Wednesday.
“It is unbelievable,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry stated. “He made all the best selections. I do know we had a pair turnovers as a crew however simply studying the scenario, letting the sport come to him. We clearly know he can put the ball within the basket from wherever on the courtroom, however simply selecting and selecting his spots, pulling down photographs, it is what he does.”
After taking simply six photographs in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Pistons, Durant picked his spots all through Wednesday’s recreation and located a rhythm early, going 7-for-7 within the first half and serving to the Warriors shut out the sport late.
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“He does no matter he desires every recreation,” Kerr stated. “I felt like he may have been 24-for-25 if he needed, however he was distributing the ball and making an attempt to get everyone concerned. He was sensible. … Kevin is who he’s. He is probably the most environment friendly gamers ever. He can get any shot he desires in opposition to any protection. So no matter how anyone is enjoying us he can go get a shot and it is a good shot.”
Durant’s solely miss got here within the fourth quarter on a play throughout which he thought he was fouled. He voiced his displeasure to the officers for a number of moments, however after the sport conceded that he may have been a greater look.
“I talked to [official] Kenny [Mauer] about that,” Durant stated. “He stated the man was simply standing there. He most likely was, however I ought to have shot a greater shot.”
To place Durant’s efficiency in historic context, Warriors nice Chris Mullin has the best discipline purpose proportion in franchise historical past, with a minimal of 10 photographs, going 11-for-11 in a recreation throughout the 1990-91 season, based on ESPN Stats & Data. Lester Conner went 10-for-10 throughout a recreation within the 1984-85 season, and Wilt Chamberlain went 18-for-19 in a recreation within the 1963-64 season.
Durant’s efficiency provides one other reminder of simply how dominant the Warriors may be when the offense is clicking.
“Once you’re a scorer like that, an all-time nice scorer, it opens up a variety of issues,” Curry stated. “As a result of there’s a variety of consideration on you on the ground. With the weapons we’ve on this crew, him with the ability to simply by no means be in a rush, discovering the open man and belief that we’ll get an open shot, and on the again finish we are able to attempt to create for him as effectively. That chemistry once we’re all the best way dialed in, it is arduous to cease. During the last couple weeks his recreation has modified from night time to nighttime simply on what he sees and the way he feels, and it has been impactful.”