Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now

Seattle at Golden State

Durant (42 points) explodes in last game for (Seattle) Sonics

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wherever the SuperSonics play next season, it's pretty clear that Kevin Durant will be something special to watch.

Durant set career highs with 42 points and 13 rebounds in his first professional double-double, and Jeff Green added 27 points to help the SuperSonics win what could have been their final game as a Seattle team, beating the Golden State Warriors 126-121 on Wednesday night.

"Coming into this league, you can't come in and dominate straightaway so I had to go through some learning curves, and my coaches and my teammates helped me out a lot and toward the end of the season," Durant said. "I think I got better and learned how to play the game a little bit more and it was an OK year for me and for the team."

A strong season-ending performance by a pair of talented rookies would normally be a bright spot for fans of a lottery-bound team. But with the NBA Board of Governors set to vote later this week to approve the Sonics' move to Oklahoma City after 41 years in the Emerald City, it's unclear which fans will benefit.

Political leaders in Washington state are trying to delay the vote and there's also the chance a judge will rule the team must occupy the arena for the final two seasons of its lease. But if owner Clay Bennett has his way, the team's next game will be as a franchise in Oklahoma City.

"Seattle's a great place to play," Durant said. "It will be sad since that's my rookie year and I played in a great place like Seattle and if we go somewhere else I'm going to miss it a lot. But that's a part of the game. I can't control whether we move or not, so either way I've got to continue to play the game."

Even by beating Dallas and Golden State in the final two games of the season, the Sonics (20-62) posted the worst record in their history, winning three fewer games than they did in their expansion 1967-68 season.

The Warriors (48-34) head into the offseason with their own uncertainty following the most successful regular season for the franchise since winning 50 games in 1993-94.

Normally, a team with 48 victories would be preparing for the playoffs instead of the draft lottery. But the Warriors were the victim of a power-packed Western Conference that had eight teams reach the 50-victory mark and had been officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 122-116 loss at Phoenix on Monday night.

The Warriors had the most victories by a team that failed to make the playoffs since the league went to the 16-team postseason format in 1984, while Philadelphia (40-42) and Atlanta (37-45) made the playoffs in the East with losing records.

"I hoped for a better ending, but anyway it's over," coach Don Nelson said. "Our inability to handle Durant. What a show he put on. Wow! I knew he was good. He's going to be a superstar. The guy is really something and young."

Nelson said before the game he would decide by around July 1 whether he would return for a third season in his second tenure as coach in Golden State. Star point guard Baron Davis must decide whether he will opt out of his contract and executive vice president Chris Mullin must retool a roster of potential free agents.

Davis, who said he wants to return next season, scored 21 points in 39 minutes after mysteriously being benched for the second half Monday in the loss in Phoenix. Monta Ellis led the way with 24 points, Andris Biedrins had 20 points and 17 rebounds. Rookie Marco Belinelli had a career-high 17 points in some rare extended action.

"He is the best shooter on our team," Biedrins said. "He always believes in his shooting. I am really happy for him to have a good game on the last game of the season."

The Warriors did accomplish one feat, becoming the first team in 17 years to have three players average 20 points per game. Davis finished at 21.8, Ellis at 20.2 and Stephen Jackson at 20.1. The Warriors were also the last team to do it in 1990-91, when Mullin (25.7), Mitch Richmond (23.9) and Tim Hardaway (22.9) pulled off the trick.

Notes

  • Golden State set a franchise attendance record by averaging 19,631 per game. The team had 32 sellouts in 41 home games.
  • Houston missed the playoffs with 45 victories in 2000-01.
  • Biedrins led the NBA by shooting 62.6 percent from the field.
  • The city of Seattle pulled off a sweep at the Coliseum complex as the Mariners beat the Athletics 4-2 in a baseball game played at the same time.
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
It's too bad Kevin Durant leaves his best performance of the season for the last game, huh? (AP)
It's too bad Kevin Durant leaves his best performance of the season for the last game, huh? (AP)

Scoreboard
Seattle (20-62) «35332731126
Golden State (48-34) 24362041121
SEA:K. Durant 42 Pts
SEA:N. Collison 13 Reb
SEA:E. Watson 12 Ast
GS:M. Ellis 24 Pts
GS:A. Biedrins 17 Reb
GS:B. Davis 7 Ast
Players of the Game
Golden StateSeattle

A. Biedrins

K. Durant
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
2017042136
Seattle
K. Durant, SF4318-255-6136042
J. Green, SF398-1211-14102427
E. Watson, PG377-151-2312117
N. Collison, C328-130-0130316
J. Petro, C244-90-05348
D. Wilkins, SG264-90-035210
F. Elson, C242-70-07214
L. Ridnour, PG161-40-01212
D. Marshall, PFDid Not Play
A. Griffin, SGDid Not Play
C. Wilcox, PFDid Not Play
R. Swift, CDid Not Play
R. Dupree, SFDid Not Play
M. Gelabale, SFDid Not Play
M. Sene, CDid Not Play
Totals 52-9417-22553216126
 55.3%77.3% 
Golden State
A. Biedrins, C408-134-7170520
B. Davis, PG398-220-067421
M. Ellis, SG3411-172-266124
S. Jackson, SG263-134-503111
A. Harrington, PF171-50-01102
A. Croshere, PF203-70-06207
M. Belinelli, SG196-100-002017
M. Pietrus, SF184-100-031311
K. Azubuike, SF152-62-24126
M. Barnes, SF71-50-05002
C. Watson, PG40-20-02100
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
K. Perovic, CDid Not Play
B. Wright, SFDid Not Play
Totals 47-11012-16502416121
 42.7%75.0% 
Other Games
Det 84 Final
Cle 74
NY 123 Final
Ind 132
Wash 83 Final
Orl 103
Phi 109 Final
Char 115
NO 98 Final
Dal 111
NJ 94 Final
Bos 105
Atl 99 Final
Mia 113
Mil 101 Final
Min 110
Tor 97 Final
Chi 107
LAC 75 Final
Hou 93
Mem 111 Final
Den 120
Utah 80 Final
SA 109
Port 91 Final
Pho 100