After Golden State ran away from the Portland Trail Blazers last night in Oakland, Damian Lillard says Kevin Durant is key to the Warriors success.
“He makes up the difference for them,” Lillard said. “I think you try to hold Klay and Steph down, make them take tough shots and make the game harder for them, and you know you’re in a close game and you’re going back and forth. Then you add Kevin Durant, guys who has been an MVP in this league, and that’s a hell of an option to have, especially in a game like tonight.
“Even the shots that he made, I thought guys defended him well. He made contested pull up jumpers. But that’s why he is who he is.”
Durant, who missed the end of the season with a knee injury, scored 32 points along with 10 rebounds during the 121-109 win.
“I didn’t worry about me not playing 20 games in the regular season,” Durant said. ‘I just tried to go out there and be me. Physically I felt great. I felt the flow of the game. I knocked down some shots, and, yeah, so it felt great. I’m glad we got a tough W.”
The teams were locked at 88 to start the fourth before the Warriors pulled away.
“In the fourth quarter, that unit that was out there to start the quarter got a lot of stops and got the crowd into it, got the momentum back on our side,” Curry said. “Then after that down the stretch, K.D. made some amazing plays in iso situations, putting the pressure on the rim.
“Obviously Draymond made a couple spectacular blocks, and we just controlled the tempo down the stretch. Kind of just played our game and stayed composed on every possession pretty much and won the game.”