OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Kevin Durant poured in a career-best 54 points in a stunning shooting display and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Golden State Warriors 127-121 on Friday night.
The following are the NBA scores, results, records and NBA standings, following the games that took place on Jan. 17. Also see an extended video highlight of Durant’s thrilling performance at home.
Video Highlights: OKC’s Kevin Durant Scores 54pts v Warriors
In other NBA scores on Friday night, there were wins for the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Lakers and the Miami Heat.
But the highlight on the night without a doubt came in Oklahoma City.
It was where the sharp-shooting Durant, who shot 19 of 28 from the floor, including 5 for 9 from three-point range, became the first player to score 50-plus points in the NBA this season. The performance was also his third game with at least 50 points in the last three season.
“When you’ve got it going, I look at the bench and see how my teammates are reacting, and that just gives me an extra push,” Durant said after the Thunder (30-10) picked up the win.
As expected the fans at the Chesapeake Energy Arena were sounding their MVP candidate.
“Then, I hear the fans,” charting “MVP! MVP!” with every bucket, he said.
“As a leader, my main objective is to serve my teammates, help them out. Some nights, I’ve got to put it up, I’ve got to score.
“Some nights, I’ve got to do other things. Tonight, they found me and I was able to hit a few shots. I just tried to do as best as I can to lead the team and lead us to victory.”
Supporting Durant on the night were Serge Ibaka, who finished with 21 points and eight rebounds and Reggie Jackson, who scored 14 points.
Stephen Curry got going early with a number of three-pointers and he finished with 37 points and 11 assists, while Klay Thompson added 26 points in the defeat for the Warriors (25-16).
Elsewhere, the Portland Trail Blazers (30-9) beat the San Antonio Spurs (31-9), 109-100 at the AT&T Center.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Trail Blazers with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews had 24 points and Damian Lillard added 21.
Other NBA scores saw the Miami Heat (28-11) securing a 101-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers (13-26), LA Clippers (28-13) handed the New York Knicks (15-25) another defeat, following their 109-95 road win, while the Lakers (15-25) held on for a 107-104 victory over the Celtics (14-27) in Rajon Rondo’s return for Boston.
NBA Scores, Results and Record on Jan. 17
Portland Trail Blazers 109 (30-9), San Antonio Spurs 100 (31-9)
Oklahoma City Thunder 127 (30-10), Golden State Warriors 121 (25-16)
Miami Heat 101 (28-11), Philadelphia 76ers 86 (13-26)
Los Angeles Clippers 109 (28-13), New York Knicks 95 (15-25)
Dallas Mavericks 110 (24-17), Phoenix Suns 107 (22-17)
Toronto Raptors 94 (20-18), Minnesota Timberwolves 89 (18-21)
Memphis Grizzlies 91 (20-19), Sacramento Kings 90 (14-24)
Washington Wizards 96 (19-19), Chicago Bulls 93 (18-20)
Cleveland Cavaliers 117 (15-25), Denver Nuggets 109 (20-19)
Charlotte Bobcats 111 (17-25), Orlando Magic 101 (10-30)
Utah Jazz 110 (14-27), Detroit Pistons 89 (16-23)
Los Angeles Lakers 107 (15-25), Boston Celtics 104 (14-27)