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Durant joins two NBA legends, puts stamp on Warriors win

Durant joins two NBA legends, puts stamp on Warriors win

NEW ORLEANS – Kevin Durant didn’t need much time to get his second consecutive double-double, notching in 20 first-half minutes.

He also put his name next to a couple legends before the night was over.

Durant posted 18 points and 10 rebounds before halftime and went on to total 30 points, 17 boards and six assists as the Warriors put away the Pelicans 122-114 on Friday night at Smoothie King Center.

Durant joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only Warriors to score at least 20 points and grab at least 10 rebounds in their first two games with the team.

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Though Durant missed all three of his 3-point attempts, he made all 12 of his free-throw attempts.

Durant has now scored at least 20 points in 66 consecutive games, the longest streak in the NBA since Michael Jordan went 69 games in a row in 1990-91.

Durant’s stat line: 28 points (8-of-18 from the field, 0-of-3 from the line, 12-of-12 from the foul line), 16 rebounds, six assists and two steals. He played 39 minutes and was plus-4 for the game.

Kevin Durant explains why the Warriors don't need to re-recruit him

Kevin Durant explains why the Warriors don't need to re-recruit him

When he becomes a free agent on July 1, Kevin Durant is going to have multiple suitors lined up.

We have no clue if the two-time Finals MVP is going to hold pitch meetings like he did in the summer of 2016, but we do know that several franchises will be recruting him hard.

Apparently, the Warriors don't really need to do any recruiting.

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“I don’t need to feel appreciated,” Durant told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports after the Warriors' 108-100 win over the Thunder on Tuesday. "I don’t need anything extra (from the Warriors).

"I’m just here to hoop and win games. I already know what this organization is about.”

A week before training camp opened, Joe Lacob said "of course" the Warriors will need to re-recruit Durant.

He echoed those thoughts during an appearance on NBC Sports Bay Area before the game last night.

"We're going to try to recruit him, and I'm actually optimistic," Lacob said. "I don't know why ...  I'm frankly not going to worry about it until the year's over with.

"I think Kevin and we should just go through the season, do our thing, and we'll all find out next year."

If only it were that simple. Durant's future is being discussed on a daily basis and we all know that isn't going to stop.

There are going to be occasions this season when Durant is asked about free agency and he's not going to be... polite.

Consider yourself warned.

“It depends on how I feel that day,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “If I’m in a (expletive)-up mood, you’re going to see. Ask me that question and you’re going to really see what mood I’m in.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Kevin Durant's brother clarifies comment that led to free agent speculation

Kevin Durant's brother clarifies comment that led to free agent speculation

So here's what happened ...

After the Warriors' win over the Thunder on Tuesday night, Kevin Durant posted a series of six photos to Instagram with the caption: "1 down, 81 more. What a night!!"

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1 down, 81 more. What a night!!

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Durant's brother, Tony, left the following comment: "Yessir brother!!!! Filling the hand up before we get outta here!"

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It's understandable for people to have interpreted this as a bad sign for the Warriors when it comes to Durant's future with the franchise. But on Wednesday morning, Tony responded on Instagram with the following explanation:

Tony posted an additional comment saying: "delete this post it's not accurate lmaooo report this true stuff please brother."

If in fact Tony does know that Kevin is leaving Golden State in July, and if that is what he intended to convey in his original comment ... that would be a very odd thing to do.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller