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Durant poised to become 2nd youngest to 20000 points

Durant poised to become 2nd youngest to 20000 points

Durant is the second-youngest player ever to score 20,000 points, behind Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, and the 44th-leading scorer in league history, one behind former Warriors forward Antawn Jamison. "For me, it was more important to get a win, try to close that gap to get back to.500, especially with the injuries, with guys in and out of the lineup, for us to still have that opportunity, to be in the playoff fold".

"Hey, congratulations, big fella", Curry says as Durant covers his face.

KD came into the game 25 points short of the historic plateau - a mark that is coincidentally right around his season average.

The Warriors had a four-point lead at halftime, but Lou Williams scored 27 points by himself in the third quarter, which was the most by any player in a single quarter this year.

Williams was so proud of his individual achievement that he wore #52 in his second stint with the Cavaliers, which in itself is a lovely set of coincidences, seeing that 52 was just his old number 25 backwards, which in turn happens to be retired and rendered unusable by the Cavs for shooting legend Mark Price.

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Durant made his return to action after sitting out the past three games with a right calf strain. Durant reached the milestone at 29 years and 103 days, besting Kobe Bryant by 19 days for second place on the list of the fastest players to hit 20,000 points.

He said he hasn't been in a hurry to rush past this moment.

How will Saturday's first half look?

"I think he has another couple of tests to pass, and we'll just have to wait". It's good to reflect. He played 31 minutes and scored 40 points. "I just felt like I was a little off rhythm-wise".

Said Warriors forward Draymond Green: "He can score in his sleep. As soon as I let it go I knew it was in". "But with this group you've just got to laugh it off and move on to the next play". If I start focusing on that, it's going to take my focus on what I really want to do.

Durant told ESPN's Chris Haynes before reaching 20,000 career points: "Man, that's some great company, and there's so many names I never thought I'd be in the same conversation with".


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