OAKLAND – Kevin Durant spent the past three days doing all he could to hide his emotions and downplay the significance of facing his former team.
Even when the ball tipped off for Warriors vs. Thunder on Thursday night, Durant’s face was as blank as a blue sky.
Not for long.
After Oklahoma City forward Jerami Grant dunked over Durant late in the first quarter and made the unwise decision to talk trash inches from his face, Durant’s expression changed into a mask of intensity.
He scored 15 points in less than four minutes. Suddenly, there was a different Durant, an angry Durant, a man on a mission to destroy his former teammates.
His operation was a success, as he scored 39 points to lead the Warriors to a 122-96 rout of the Thunder.
Durant’s line: 39 points (15-of-24 from the field, 7-of-11 beyond the arc), seven rebounds, one block and one assist. He played 31 minutes and finished plus-21