The 2018 NBA Playoffs are now well underway and Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is in pursuit of his second title and the franchise’s third in four seasons.
That pursuit began on Saturday afternoon, as the Warriors hosted the San Antonio Spurs to open up the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. With the sharpshooting Stephen Curry still sidelined with a knee injury, the Warriors slumped into the playoffs after losing three of their last four and 10 of their last 17.
On Saturday, however, Durant assured the Warriors would get back to their winning ways. With Spurs star Kawhi Leonard still sidelined with a thigh injury, Durant proved to be a walking mismatch in the form of 24 points in 9 of 17 from the field, and added 8 rebounds and 7 assists as well en route to a 113-92 Golden State victory.
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Courtesy of his latest display, Durant, who took home NBA Finals MVP honors last season, now boasts an impeccable 17-1 playoff record with the Warriors. Many believe that by the time the 2017-18 season wraps up, 15 more playoff wins, and of course, yet another NBA championship will be added to that resume.
But first, Game 2 awaits, and if Saturday was a sign of things to come for one of the top talents in basketball, the Spurs will have their hands full on Monday, as well.
Durant will lead the Warriors against the Spurs for Game 2 on Monday night at 10:30 p.m. CT on TNT.