It was a dominating outing for the Golden State Warriors, with Stephen Curry leading the charge. The Warriors decimated the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center to win the first game of the season series 117-99.
Although it was a disappointing loss for the Nets, Kevin Durant heaped praises on Curry for his performance during the game. In a post-game presser, he said:
"He's a master at what he does I've been saying that. He came into the league, you know, just a crafty player that can pretty much do anything off the ball. He can cut to the rim, shoot floaters, shoot 3's, and he can handle the basketball too and get down to his spots."
"He put in a ton of work and cares about the game, loves his teammates, plays with energy. So, that's what you get every night as a player like that playing at an All-Star, MVP, Hall of Fame level. You gotta respect it.
Chef Curry registered 37 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals. He played for only 29 minutes and shot 63.2% from the field, knocking down nine three-pointers in the process.
Both players were once teammates from 2016 to 2019, winning two championships before Durant sustained an Achilles injury in the 2019 Finals, preventing a three-peat. They have both been exceptional so far this season, winning the Player of the Week in both their respective conferences for week 4 of the 2021-22 season.
KD had the worst game this season, posting only 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. His poor shooting came as a result of the defensive prowess of another former teammate. Draymond Green held him to one of his worst records in his career. Durant was scoreless in the entire third quarter, with the Nets posting only 18 points without him.
After the game, Durant and Curry had a big hug as both players had a good run as teammates. His post-game interview is more proof that there is no bad blood between the guys.