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Kevin Durant posts big numbers in his first win as a Warrior

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It has been almost four seasons since a Golden State Warrior posted a game with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds.

Correction - had. Last night Kevin Durant did so in just his second ever game as a Warrior.

If the Golden State hierarchy wanted a glimpse at the player they made such an effort to bring in over the summer they were rewarded with it last night, as Durant showed his class to lead the team past the Pelicans despite all of Anthony Davis’ effort.

Durant’s monster stat line of 30 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks would be favourite to be the best on any normal night in the NBA, however, thanks to Russell Westbrook and Davis, KD’s feat was relegated to third last night.

After the embarrassing opening night blowout defeat at home to the San Antonio Spurs the Warriors wanted to respond, and did so thanks to a dominant performance on the boards by Durant.

Golden State Warriors v New Orleans Pelicans

Steve Kerr had emphasised rebounding as a team following the San Antonio defeat and the players clearly took heed of their coach, with Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green adding nine and seven rebounds respectively.

One thing the Warriors are certain to be happy about is how seamlessly Durant has fitted into the ready-made offense operated by Golden State so early into his tenure with the side.

Throughout the first two games the play between the Warriors has been as smooth as ever offensively, and while their work on the defensive side of the ball will need to see improvement, that should only take time and familiarity with each other to improve.

Kerr warned that the team would take time to gel after the overhaul of players this summer and he was clearly correct, but you doubt it will be long until we see more consistent performances from Golden State and Durant.

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