With Steph Curry sidelined from an ankle injury, Kevin Durant carried the load Wednesday night for the Warriors, leading all players in scoring with 35 points, including a scorching hot 16-point first quarter.
This is the most points Kevin Durant has scored in the 1st quarter in any game – reg season or playoffs – since joining the Warriors.
— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) December 7, 2017
Durant tallied 11 rebounds and 10 assists en route to his second triple double for the Warriors.
Missing the league’s fourth highest scorer, the Warriors never trailed at any point, showing how capable they are as a team when a significant piece is missing. Rookie Jordan Bell was inserted into the starting lineup, and although he was 0-2 from the field for no points, he contributed 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks in 20 minutes. Bell has shown a high defensive potential for the Warriors in short minutes after being selected in the second round of this past draft.
The Hornets as a whole struggled offensively all night, shooting just 35.1% from the field. They were behind 26 points in the first half, and the Warriors dominated transition, 24-7. They also connected on 11 of 30 shots from downtown compared to Charlotte’s 6 for 19. This was Golden State’s game all the way, even without their two-time MVP running the show and a rookie second round pick starting. How, exactly, do we stop this team?