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Kevin Durant scores 40 or more in three straight games for first time

Kevin Durant scores 40 or more in three straight games for first time

Kevin Durant can't be stopped right now.

The Warriors superstar put on another show in Toronto on Thursday night, surpassing 40 points for the third straight game. It's the first time in his legendary career that he's scored 40 or more in three straight games.

He finished regulation with 47, including two monster 3-pointers that forced overtime.

Durant scored four points early in overtime to surpass the 50-point mark, but that's all the scoring he would do as the Raptors put the clamps on and hung on for a 131-128 win in overtime.

Over the last three games, Durant is averaging a ridiculous 48 points per game.

With the 51 points, Durant passed Hall of Famer Hal Greer for 34th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Durant now sits at 21,606 career points, 185 points behind Larry Bird for 33rd place.

NBA rumors: Klay Thompson, Warriors will meet at outset of free agency

NBA rumors: Klay Thompson, Warriors will meet at outset of free agency

After the Warriors introduced their three 2019 NBA Draft picks Monday afternoon, general manager Bob Myers answered "yes" when asked if he has formal plans to sit down with Klay Thompson to discuss the future.

We learned some more details Wednesday afternoon, courtesy of Shams Charania of The Athletic:

The Warriors and free-agent All-Star Klay Thompson will meet in L.A. this week at the outset of free agency, league sources said. Should the Warriors enter the meeting with the five-year, $190 million maximum contract, both sides expect a quick agreement, according to sources.

Free agency officially opens Sunday at 3 p.m. PT.

As ESPN's Zach Lowe said Tuesday: "That max offer hasn't been communicated to [Klay] that it's for sure coming ... just because they haven't communicated that the max is coming doesn't mean it's not coming. In fact, I would be shocked -- given what he has meant to their organzation -- if it didn't come."

And as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said: "You can offer your own free agent a deal at any point here. That five-year, $190 million max offer -- if it's not there for Klay Thompson on Sunday at 6:01 p.m. Eastern, the Warriors can then expect him to go out and take a meeting, meetings."

The biggest contract Thompson can get with any other franchise is about $141 million over four seasons.

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Klay, who is expected to undergo surgery to repair his torn left ACL at some point this week, will turn 30 years old on Feb. 8. He is expected to miss a large portion (if not all) of next season because of the knee injury.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr gives update on assistant Ron Adams' job status

Warriors coach Steve Kerr gives update on assistant Ron Adams' job status

Last weekend, the Lakers received permission to speak with Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams about a potential role with the organization.

Has the 71-year-old told Golden State coach Steve Kerr that he will be back with the Dubs next season?

"Basically," Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on Wednesday. "We talked about the LA situation. I called him to tell him that they had asked permission and that we would grant it.

"And so I don't know if they've spoken with him yet, and I don't know what his final answer would be. I don't even know what they would be offering him.

"But my feeling is that Ron will want to come back, and we want him back. So we'll see how it all shakes out."

Adams joined Kerr's coaching staff in 2014 and is widely considered one of the top assistant coaches in the NBA.

"I will never ever deny anybody permission to speak with one of my assistants," Kerr explained to The Athletic. "I don't understand that philosophy. If somebody comes along with an offer that one of my assistants wants to take, then I'm gonna let him go.

"Why would I keep them from going after something that they believe in? And if they would rather be somewhere else, I'm not gonna stop them from going."

After beginning his coaching career at Fresno Pacific College, Adams has been in the NBA since 1992. He's worked for the Spurs, 76ers, Bucks, Bulls, Thunder, Celtics and Warriors.

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The Fresno Pacific graduate is lauded for his defensive mind.

"Ron's a huge part of our staff, and we've grown very close," Kerr said. "Beyond basketball, I look forward to seeing Ron every day and just talking about life.

"I know he's very happy living in the Bay, so I hope that he's here for many years."

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