“I'm shooting a lot of shots, 24 shots up in 31 minutes,” Durant said in an attempt to downplay his continued scoring dominance. “I'm just out there having fun … I played a lot of street basketball. I played a lot of celebrity games. This is my type of ballgame, up and down.”
On this night, Durant was reunited with an old running mate.
James Harden, the former Thunder sixth man, scored 15 points with six rebounds and three assists in a reserve role as a first-time All-Star. Harden, who was traded to Houston in late October, made six of 13 shots and also went 3-for-8 from the 3-point line.
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook finished with 14 points off the bench for the West, and when Westbrook, Harden and Durant started the second quarter together it was the first time the trio shared the court as teammates since the blockbuster trade that broke up last year's Western Conference champion and made Harden the Rockets' franchise player.
“Playing with him made me miss him a little bit,” Durant said of Harden. “I'm happy he was an All-Star, especially in the city he plays in. It was a lot of fun. I didn't want it to be over.”