Warriors Kevin Durant doesn’t often run the Warriors' affront - certainly not with Stephen Curry on the floor. Last night, he got the opportunity to relish it.
Durant had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Golden State beat the Charlotte Hornets 101-87 without Curry and Draymond Green.
It was Kevin Durant's first triple-double of the season and his 2nd since joining the Warriors.
''It's fun when you get to create and just be creative out there, whether it's passing to JaVale (McGee) for a lob or shooting a pull-up jump shot,'' Durant said.
Warriors Coach Steve Kerr called it a luxury to turn from one MVP to another in a time of need. He further stated that, Durant simply took over.
''It wasn't so much a vocal leadership role, but more of an 'I got this' type of thing,'' Kerr said.
''It was the way he carried himself. He was clearly the best player on the floor and the dominant player on the floor. Without Steph, he almost had a different bounce to his step, like 'This one is mine, I got it.'''
27-year-old Klay Thompson scored seven of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Warriors, who have won five straight overall and seven in a row against the Hornets.
Durant set the tone, scoring 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first quarter to help the Warriors build a 26-18 lead. The edge increased to 26 in the second quarter following back-to-back 3-pointers by Warrior’s Nick Young, who had 10 points.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 24 points, while Nic Batum added 15 and Dwight Howard 14.
GSW (20-6) had 24 fast-break points against a team that had been allowing the second-least fast-break points in the league at 7.5 per game. ... Patrick McCaw did not play because of a bruised nose.
Charlotte Hornets attempted just one free throw in the first half after attempting 40 on Monday night against the Orlando Magic.