Durant provided 27 points (9-21 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 9-10 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block across 38 minutes in the Warriors' 108-100 win over the Thunder on Tuesday. The fact he couldn't quite get his three-point shot going was about the only blemish on the night for Durant, who thrived against his old Thunder squad yet again. The All-Star forward averaged 29.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in four games against OKC last season, so Tuesday's numbers were far from unexpected. As has often been the case during his first pair of Warriors campaigns, Durant will likely trade the mantle of top scorer back and forth with Stephen Curry frequently this coming season as the Warriors chase a third consecutive NBA title.
Durant will get Friday's preseason finale against the Lakers off, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. With the season opener just around the corner, Durant will get the night off to make sure he's fully rested for Tuesday's contest. With Damien Jones also getting a breather, Jordan Bell, Andre Iguodala and Jonas Jerebko could see an uptick in playing time.
Durant posted 18 points (8-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds and three assists across 24 minutes in the Warriors' 123-113 preseason loss to the Lakers on Wednesday. Just a standard effort for Durant, who shared the floor with his prolific Splash Bros. teammates Wednesday. The multi-time All-Star has been stellar through four exhibitions, averaging 18.0 points (on 55.8 percent shooting), 6.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists across 23.5 minutes. He appears to already be in midseason form and poised for another prolific campaign, although his numbers may take a slight hit once DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) gets into action.
Durant, along with the rest of the starters, will see about 20 minutes during Saturday's preseason opener against Minnesota, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. It's not a surprise that coach Steve Kerr will limit his starters' minutes. Durant averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 blocks during last year's age 28 campaign.
Durant and the Warriors agreed to terms on a two-year, $61.5 million contract Sunday, Shams Charania of Yahoo reports. As expected, Durant will be back with Golden State on what's essentially a one-year deal that enables him to become a free agent again next summer. While he missed 14 games due to injury, Durant had another Hall-of-Fame-caliber season in 2017-18, averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 blocks while shooting 41.9 percent from three, the second-best mark of his career.
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