Kevin Durant was the star of the show as the Golden State Warriors thrashed the Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 to take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series.
Durant, a 10-time NBA All-Star, had looked off the pace in the opening two matches of the post-season, taking just 24 shots and registering a combined total of 44 points, but he was back on top form during Game 3 on Thursday, wracking up a game-high 38 points.
Despite spending just 29 minutes on court, Durant finished the contest just five points short of his best-ever score in a playoff game and Warriors coach Steve Kerr felt the 30-year-old showed everyone that he was back at his very best.
“He showed who Kevin Durant is,” Kerr told ESPN. “He had a different mindset than he did the other night and set a tone right away.”
Durant was keen to share out the praise after the win, which came off the back of the Warriors letting a 31-point lead slip in Game 2, with the small forward believing that Kerr’s tactical approach helped set the tone for the entire contest.
“Coach Kerr came up with some plays for me at the start of the game, I think doing that kind of set the tone,” Durant revealed.
Golden State are now just two wins away from booking their place in the Western Conference semi-finals, where they are likely to face the Houston Rockets, and they are priced at 1.44 to go on and claim NBA Championship glory for the fourth time in five seasons.