OKLAHOMA CITY -- Even though Kevin Durant scored 38 points in Game 4, the Rockets were relatively pleased with their defensive effort on the Thunder superstar.
"It's crazy to say that because he was 12-16 with like 38 points," Chandler Parsons said. "He's a great player and you can only hope to contain a guy like that, so we've just got to keep being physical with him and giving him different looks and making those other guys step up and basically make shots and win the game for them because we want to take Durant out of it."
What pleases the Rockets is that their swarming defense limited Durant to 16 mostly difficult shots. The forward also turned the ball over seven times. In other words, the 38 points actually seem better than what could've been considering Durant's scoring efficiency on Monday evening.
"The 12-16's impressive," Kevin McHale said. "He got to the free-throw line, so he drove, but it's tough. He's at the top of the key. If you double team him out there, people are going to be open. Fisher's been shooting the heck out of the ball, so we've got to try to figure out how we're going to put as much pressure as we can on Durant. Try to keep him under duress as much as we can and he's just been very efficient with the ball. I mean, there's a reason the guy's a hell of a basketball player, it's because he's a hell of a basketball player."
In the two games since fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook was injured, Durant has averaged 39.5 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.