Free agency was a fun subplot for Kevin Durant on Friday night, but when it came time for the Golden State Warriors to be rescued from an underwhelming three quarters, Durant was more than ready, putting on a fourth-quarter show at Madison Square Garden.
Meanwhile, about 1,300 miles away in New Orleans, the Brooklyn Nets were unable to close out their game in the fourth quarter.
After differing outcomes in the fourth quarter, the Warriors visit the Nets on Sunday night.
Durant was the center of attention Friday against the New York Knicks. It started with an advertisement on a nearby building imploring him to sign with the Knicks next summer and loud applause from fans during pregame introductions.
Then Durant went to work, scoring 25 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, turning what was a three-point deficit through three quarters into a 128-100 win over the Knicks.
"We've been through a lot more chaos and noise around our team. It's par for the course," Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "How he's handled it, letting his play speak for itself and not getting too wrapped up or involved in it. We have seven more months of this, so we know how to keep distractions out of our locker room and control what we can control." >> Read more
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