Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans spoiled Kevin Durant’s return to the Thunder lineup last night. Durant scored 27 points in his return after missing the team’s first 17 games with a fractured foot.
Davis continued his unbelievable play this season. He secured his eleventh double-double of the season in his 16 games played with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He added four assists, four blocks and six steals on the night. He ranks third in points per game with 24.9 and seventh in rebounds, averaging 11.3 per contest.
Davis wasn’t the only Pelican with a double-double. Both Ryan Anderson (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (23 points, 10 rebounds) joined Davis with double-doubles of their own.
Thunder head Coach Scott Brooks wrote in both Durant and Russell Westbrook on the starting lineup for the first time in the 2014 season. Westbrook scored 21 points in only his second game back from a hand injury. OKC has a 5-13 record and play their next two games on the road where they are 1-8 this year.
Durant played as if he hadn’t missed a beat with his injury. He was limited to 30 minutes by his coach but still managed to score 27 on 8-16 shooting from the field, including 3-of-8 from beyond the arc. He did turn the ball over five times.
“I knew my wind wasn't where I wanted it to be, obviously, but I felt good out there," said Durant. "I just got to keep putting together good days and I'll keep getting back to where I want to be. To get back to midseason form like I want to be is going to take some time. No excuses for me. I'm out there; I got to play hard as I can no matter what and I got to go out there and be the best leader and player I can be."
The Thunder visit the winless 76ers Friday, while the Pelicans start a three-game California road trip against the hot hand of Stephen Curry and the Warriors Thursday night.