Tension was in the air for game 3 of the 2019 first round series between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers. The dubs had just blown a 31-point lead in game 2 and Kevin Durant was not performing up to expectations in the series. A lot of this had been attributed to the stifling defense from Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, who had been jawing with KD in both the prior games. When asked before the game about needing to prove himself, KD uttered the line: “I’m Kevin Durant. You know who I am.”
The Clippers sure knew who he was by game’s end as Durant lit up Los Angeles for 27 first half points and 38 through three quarters. The score was so out of hand that Kevin pretty much laced down his signature Nike KD 12 for the entire fourth quarter.
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