Golden State Warriors use 42-point third quarter to beat Utah Jazz

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Kevin Durant

Ever since Curry rolled his ankle, it seems like Kevin Durant has topped every single one of my lists of the top-3 players per game — and rightly so. Against Utah, the 7-foot sharpshooter ended the game with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

He shot 7-of-10 from the field, 2-of-3 from behind the arc and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. He also notably finished a team-high +23 in 29 minutes.

Since joining the Warriors last year and winning his first NBA title, Durant has transformed into a rather reliable Swiss Army knife. Instead of chasing a triple-double like his former teammate, Russell Westbrook, Durant almost always allows the game to come to him, naturally coming into triple-double territory by doing everything the team needs at that given time.

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He’s also become a fearsome rim protector, averaging 2.3 blocks per game. He plays help defense extremely well, coming over to the weak side to contest shots and clogging the lane whenever the man on the perimeter gets beat.

Just when you thought Durant couldn’t get any better, he ups and surprises everyone. It’s been an absolute pleasure watching him take his game to the next level with the Golden State Warriors.