Kevin Durant was a man possessed as he went on a first-half rampage in Game 6 of the Warriors’ playoff series against the LA Clippers.
Golden State headed into the clash up 3-2 in the series knowing a win would send it through to the next round of the postseason and Durant was on another level as he single-handedly decimated the Clippers.
He ended the first half with 38 points — the most he’s ever tallied in a half in his entire career. It equalled the record for the second-most points scored by any player in one half during the playoffs.
Durant started on fire and only got hotter. He broke the 20-point mark early in the second quarter, scoring all of his side’s first 13 points for the term as he refused to slow down.
The 30-year-old drained all 10 of his free throws and was 12-of-17 from the field and 4-of-eight from beyond the arc. It was simply astonishing.
Draymond Green and Steph Curry had the next biggest impacts on the scoreboard with 12 points each for the half, but the rest of the Warriors were simply playing Robin to Durant’s Batman as he put on a mesmerising show that had NBA fans in awe.
We're watching something special from Kevin Durant this evening. 38 points in the first half. What a freak.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) April 27, 2019
This is just an all-time performance by Durant here.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 27, 2019
Kevin Durant is unstoppable!
— George Wrighster III (@georgewrighster) April 27, 2019
Kevin Durant is unstoppable. I speak for the rest of the association when I say I can't wait until he signs elsewhere. #NBAPlayoffs
— Matt Drange (@mattdrange) April 27, 2019
Kevin Durant might go for a 50 piece. Goodness.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) April 27, 2019
I’m convinced now. Kevin Durant best player in the league.
— Jeff Badet (@JeffBadet__) April 27, 2019
The Warriors repeatedly burned the Clippers with dunks off alley-oop passes. Los Angeles opened the game on an 18-8 run. Durantand Curry combined to score the Warriors’ next nine points as part of a 21-5 burst that put them ahead for good.
Gallinari led the Clippers with 29 points and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 22.
Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the NBA’s highest-scoring bench combo, were never a factor. Williams shot 3 of 21 for eight points and Harrell was 4 of 7 for 10points and five fouls. The two reserves scored a combined 57 points on 23-for-33 shooting in Game 5.
Gallinari and Gilgeous-Alexander powered the Clippers’ 17-10 spurt that opened the third and pulled them to 82-71.
But Golden State held the Clippers to seven points the rest of the quarter and took a 102-78 lead into the fourth. The Clippers cut their 24-point deficit nearly in half, but got no closer — and the defending champs didn’t stop the momentum as they rolled through to a 129-110 victory to seal the series 4-2.