Durant is 'the ultimate luxury', says Kerr
Kevin Durant was the difference maker for the Golden State Warriors on Monday and the superstar was praised by head coach Steve Kerr.
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The 29-year-old tallied 37 points to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win over the Houston Rockets in game one of the Western Conference finals.
Durant scored from all over the floor. He knocked down three three-pointers, connected on contested fadeaway jumpers and attacked the basket on drives as well as post-ups.
"Kevin is the ultimate luxury," Kerr told a news conference. "A play can break down and you just throw him the ball. He can get you a bucket as well as anybody on earth."
Kevin Durant (37 PTS, 3 3PM) & James Harden (41 PTS, 5 3PM) put on a scoring duel in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals! #DubNation #Rockets #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/T5s7nEabbH
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Kerr said the Warriors wanted to acquire Durant after they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals because of his ability to take over a game offensively.
"You think about a couple of years ago, in the finals, we couldn't quite get over the hump," Kerr said. "Kevin is a guy that puts you over the hump. I don't know what you do to guard him. He can get any shot he wants."
The Warriors and Rockets will play game two of their Western Conference finals series on Wednesday.