Kevin Durant Sprains Ankle As Thunder Fall To Warriors; X-Rays Negative

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr could only shake his head and grin while Kevin Durant put on the best performance of his young season in the first half.

Kerr and the Warriors were a lot happier they didn’t have to deal with Durant in the second half.

Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists, and the Warriors rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City 114-109 on Thursday night after Durant left with a sprained right ankle.

“I thought we did a tremendous job on him in the second half. I didn’t even notice him in the second half,” Kerr joked. “We completely stopped him.”

It was the only way the Warriors could.

Durant scored a season-high 30 points on 10-for-13 shooting in a spectacular first half that ended with him stepping on Marreese Speights’ foot. Durant said he had a mild ankle sprain and X-rays were negative.

The reigning NBA MVP said he hopes to play at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night but will see how he feels.

“I wanted go back out there, but we wanted to be cautious,” Durant said.

Oklahoma City had won seven straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA after Memphis snapped Golden State’s 16-game winning streak Tuesday night.

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