Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant recorded his first triple-double of the season on Wednesday night in the team’s victory over the Charlotte Hornets. It’s his ninth career triple-double and second as a member of the Warriors.
Durant’s effort comes in the team’s first game since the injury to point guard Stephen Curry, who will miss several weeks with an ankle injury. He finished the night with 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, shooting 13-for-28 from the floor overall, including 3-for-10 from 3-point range. Klay Thompson assisted him in the scoring column, adding 22 of his own as the team assisted on 26 baskets and shot 47.6 percent for the night. Despite two starters not scoring, 10 Warriors that saw action managed to get into the scoring column.
Coming into the night, Durant was averaging 24.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. After shooting 53.7 percent in his first season with Golden State, his current pace would give him his second-best percentage of his career.
Durant went 10 straight games prior to Wednesday night without serving as the game’s leading scorer. He’s second on the team in scoring to Curry and second in rebounding to Draymond Green, but leads the team in made field goals per night (9.2).
After starting the season 1-2 and then 4-3, the Warriors have now opened the year with a 20-6 record. Wednesday’s victory gives them their second five-game winning streak of the season.
Durant’s next opportunity to record another triple-double comes on Friday night when the team travels to take on the Detroit Pistons.