OAKLAND, Calif. – Ever perfectionist and competitor, Kevin Durant knows he should have scored more than 50 points if a few more shots were dropped.
"I'm sure all my teammates felt that way," said the Golden State star, who is typically efficient.
Durant scored 49 points in the season, securing Golden State's lead in a three-point game with 1:19 remaining, but with 22 seconds remaining for the Warriors to pass through the Orlando Magic, 116-110 on Monday night . .
"I still had 17 shots and I got 50 chips, I felt like I had a few shots I wanted to have made in the last game and in this game," said Durant.
"I could be in a better rhythm than I feel.Just play many minutes and have the ball in your hands, especially with the way the game is, the flow of the game.Of course, if you can score a little, you will score some points in this championship. "
Durant led his 44-point performance two nights earlier with another brilliant at both ends even if he did not like 16 to 33. Klay Thompson was his scoring companion once again as the two-time defending champion of the NBA played without all injured. Stares Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.
Thompson beat his sixth-3 night to equalize with 1:45 left and finished with 29 points.
In the last three games, Durant scored 125 points and Thompson 91.
"It was hard to stop them, which is why they are great players," said Orlando's Nikola Vucevic. "They shot after shooting in the end."
Durant became the seventh player in Warriors history to launch consecutive 40-point games – along with Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Curry, Antawn Jamison, Purvis Short and Thompson, according to Elias.
Vucevic had 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Magic, coming from a win at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Durant also had nine assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks, taking his defense to another level last week.
He and Thompson took charge as the warriors won a third round after a rare series of four defeats.
Golden State closed the third with a 12-2 run and drew 83-79 in the last 12 minutes. Mo Bamba's 3 with 10min35s to go gave the Magic an advantage of 88-79 before Thompson answered from the bottom the next two possessions.
Quinn Cook, who started in Curry's place, contributed eight points, six rebounds and four assists, while Golden State completed a four-match win by beating the Magic for the 11th time in a row – the Warriors' second-most active sequence against an opponent. 16 consecutive wins against Phoenix.
The Warriors fired just 4 to 15 from a 3-point interval in the first half and were behind 64-47 in the break. They expect MVP Curry twice to return sometime during the next five-game trip. Curry lost his 11th straight game with a tense left turn while Green was sixth in a row and eighth overall with a twist on his right foot.
Evan Fournier made four of his first six shots and lost the eight finalists to Orlando.
Curry trained on Monday and is scheduled to undergo a full training session on Tuesday, allowing him to play Thursday in Toronto.
"He can," said coach Steve Kerr.
Curry was injured on November 8 against the Bucks attempting to challenge a transitional shot by Eric Bledsoe.
"Steph looked good today. He totally dominated the film crew," Kerr joked. "They were not able to protect him. (Assistant) Willie Green made a very good fight, but he's already spent a few years from his heyday."
Magic: Aaron Gordon started 0 to 6 and then left the third with minor contraction in the back and did not return. … The magic is 2-2 on the road against the west. … Orlando has not won the Warriors since December 14, 2012, and not in Oakland since December 3 of that year.
Warriors: Durant is 29 out of 30 from the free throw line in the last two games. "I'm trying to get over 90 this year, I hope my 3-point percentage will show up, too." … Golden State is 7-1 against the Eastern Conference this season. … The Warriors won their sixth home game against Orlando. … The green was limited to the work of conditioning on Monday and rode a bicycle. He needs to be on the court a few times before Kerr is ready to put him back in a game. … key reservation Alfonzo McKinnie was sent off for the sixth consecutive game.
Magic: Continue your swing on the West Coast in Portland on Wednesday.
Warriors: At Raptors on Thursday trying a ninth consecutive win in the series and fifth then in Toronto.
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