CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It was originally supposed to be Stephen Curry‘s night time.
But as a substitute, the night time plainly belonged to Kevin Durant.
With Curry and Draymond Green sidelined with accidents, Durant stepped into the spotlight and led the Golden Condition Warriors to a a hundred and one-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night time at the Spectrum Center.
Durant notched his ninth occupation triple-double, finishing with 35 details, 11 rebounds and 10 helps and seemingly using the activity into his individual palms any time he wished. He scored sixteen details in the 1st quarter to established the tone as the Warriors led by as numerous as 26 in the 1st half.
Durant mentioned it was a make any difference of anyone stepping up as Charlotte indigenous Curry was out with a sprained ankle and Green was a late scratch with a sore shoulder. The Warriors also lost Zaza Pachulia early in the activity with a shoulder injury.
“I assume all people just rallied around each individual other, from the coaches to the gamers to the trainers, all people,” Durant mentioned. “Everyone was encouraging on the bench. The coaches coached us up each individual possession. The defense was on issue tonight and we got off to a excellent start out.”
Warriors mentor Steve Kerr marveled at the perform of Durant, particularly below the instances.
“What a luxury to be capable to just throw him the ball, particularly with Steph out,” Kerr mentioned. “He took over. It wasn’t genuinely scripted, it was just a pure merchandise of Steph being out, Draymond being out. I just favored his speed, his electrical power. He was attacking from the start out. It was like a ‘I’ve got this’ kind of issue.”
Durant shrugged off any wish to take over the activity, but he favored the likelihood to be creative, which he certainly was.
“It can be entertaining when you get to produce,” Durant mentioned. “It can be entertaining to just be creative out there. Passing for the lob, or building the soar shot — all the matters you perform on. It felt like tonight I was capable to go to my bag of instruments and pull some things out. I don’t assume it to be like that each individual one activity but we established the tone early and immediately after that I did not have to handle the ball that much.”
The Warriors (twenty-6) have now gained five straight and seven of their previous eight.
Kerr was particularly happy with the Warriors’ defense, which held the Hornets to 35.one % taking pictures from the industry. The Hornets shot just 31.five % in the 1st half, enabling the Warriors to guide by 48-22 halfway by way of the 2nd quarter and 53-38 at halftime.
“Our 1st-quarter defense was good,” Kerr mentioned. “It established the tone appropriate from the starting. KD took over, but I assumed as a team we did a good occupation of defending and getting us off to a excellent start out.”
The Hornets (9-14) have now lost five of their previous six.
“They have a great deal of guys that can guard a single by way of five, and they do a ton of switching,” Williams mentioned. “I assume that’s where they make it tough on other groups. Which is where we struggled.”
Affiliate head mentor Stephen Silas coached the Hornets for the 2nd straight activity with Steve Clifford out for the reason that of ailment.
“Even without the need of those other guys, they’re even now really excellent,” Silas mentioned of the Warriors. “Of course with Durant and Klay it was really hard to quit those guys tonight. I assumed we started the activity really slow. At the starting of the 2nd quarter we weren’t getting the ball shifting and playing with the appropriate speed. We at last got it likely a very little little bit at the conclude of the 2nd quarter with some speed, and that carried over to the third and fourth quarter. But those guys created massive performs down the extend. To maintain that team to a hundred and one details isn’t really all negative.”
NOTES: The Hornets issued a assertion Wednesday that mentioned mentor Steve Clifford would be absent from the team “for the quick future” to handle well being fears. They did not detect the well being situation. … Clifford skipped time in 2013 to go through a heart method, but revealed stories mentioned his present situation is not heart-similar. … The Warriors’ a hundred twenty five-115 acquire at New Orleans on Monday, when they rallied from a twenty-issue halftime deficit, created them the 1st team in the shot-clock era to rally from twenty-issue halftime deficits to acquire two times in the exact same year. They also rallied from twenty down to beat Philadelphia previous thirty day period. … The Hornets were being completely healthy for the 1st time all year. … The Hornets were being coming off a 104-94 acquire over Orlando on Monday. … The Warriors were being playing the fourth activity of a five-activity road journey. They will close out the journey on Friday at Detroit. … The Hornets were being playing the 2nd activity of a 4-activity dwelling stand. They will host Chicago on Friday, and the LA Lakers on Saturday.