Kevin Durant Notches First Career Triple Double As Thunder Win
Kevin Durant scored his first career triple double as he led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Golden State Warriors.
As ESPN noted, the triple double comes as Kevin Durant has become determined not to be seen as just a scorer. In leading the Thunder to a 119-109 win on Sunday, he notched 25 points, 13 rebounds, and a career-high 10 assist.
Getting his first career triple double wasn’t a big deal for Kevin Durant.
“I really didn’t care, to be honest. If it came, then that’s cool. If it didn’t, then just keep playing,” Durant said. “It feels good to get one. Now, I guess I’ve got a little monkey off my back. I can just go out there and play.”
Kevin Durant has made it his mission to expand his game this year, and, though his assists are up this year, so too are his turnovers. He was averaging four per game entering Sunday’s contest, fourth worse in the NBA.
He says it’s all part of the journey to becoming a more well-rounded player.
“There’s going to be nights where I have to score 30. There’s going to be nights where I have to have seven or eight assists,” Durant said. “So, I’m just trying to be an all-around player and just continue to help my team win.”
In Sunday’s game, Kevin Durant showed that improvement, turning the ball over only two times.
As The Associated Press noted, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said that his star player is too much to handle for opposing teams as his triple double on Sunday demonstrated.
”Some guys can just pass, some guys can just shoot, some guys can just rebound. Obviously, with Kevin, he can do many things on the floor and we always have to challenge him because we don’t know how good he will end up being,” Brooks said of Kevin Durant.