Kevin Durant finally reunites with Steph Curry on the court since suffering an injury on Feb. 28. Unfortunately, the Golden State Warriors still fell to the Utah Jazz on Monday night at the Oracle Arena, ending their 14-game winning streak.
Kevin Durant missed 19 games after suffering an MCL sprain late in February against the Washington Wizards. Fortunately, his absence didn’t affect the Warriors’ performance as they continue to dominate the Western Conference. With Durant out, the Warriors won 15 out of 20 games.
Warriors lost to Jazz despite Kevin Durant-Steph Curry reunion
In his return, the 28-year-old small forward immediately made an impact against the New Orleans Pelicans, posting 16 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. However, despite establishing the same numbers against the Utah Jazz, the Warriors suffered their first loss since Mar. 11. Luckily, the loss wouldn’t affect their standing as they still remain as the No. 1 team in the Western Conference.
Their recent game against the Utah Jazz marked the first time Durant shared the court with Steph Curry since Feb. 28. Curry admitted having miscommunications with Durant during the game but said that the chemistry is still there. The two superstars showcased incredible plays and proved that they can mesh well with each other
“I mean it’s been a while since we played together, but the flow was there,” Curry said after the game. “It was kind of choppy at first. That’s the way Utah kind of slowed the tempo down. We had some bright spots, some good runs, got some good spurts.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr revealed that it’s part of their plan to use Durant and Curry simultaneously. However, they see to it that their key players will have enough playing time together to immediately bring their chemistry back. Against the Jazz, Durant looks 100 percent recovered from injury, especially when he crossed over Dante Exum in transition and threw a huge slam.
“It felt really good man, I can’t lie,” Durant said of the dunk. “I’m a little hesitant early on these first few games, just exploding off and just making moves I normally make. Seems like most second halves these last two games I’ve just been saying, ‘Forget it, just go out there and try some stuff.'”
Jazz ends seven-game losing streak at Oracle Arena with win over Warriors
In the fourth quarter of the game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr decided to rest most of his starters. The Jazz took advantage of the situation to return to the winning column. With the victory, Utah ended their seven-game losing streak at the Oracle Arena. George Hill led the Jazz with 20 points and five assists while Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 18 rebounds.