It was Steph Curry and Kevin Durant who were the stars for Golden State in their win over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night, with Curry dropping 36 points on 10 made three-pointers and Durant adding 28 points and seven blocks.
But that overshadowed a career night for rookie Marvin Bagley III, who poured in 28 points and 14 rebounds for a Kings squad that nearly upended the champs in a two-point contest that came down to the wire.
After the game, Kevin Durant had a lot to say about Bagley’s play, which included praise, friendly trash talk, and constructive criticism that might help the young fella out as he continues to make his way in the league.
“His foot is on the gas,” Durant said. “He’s not stopping, you know. No assists? That’s what I like to see. Especially off the bench. You gotta provide energy off the bench, and he had 28 for them, and that’s the reason why they was even in the game.”
Durant also touched on how he was able get seven blocks for the game, saying that it was partly thanks for Bagley putting the ball in front of him in the first half. Five of Durant’s blocks came on Bagley.
The Kings had a chance to win it with time winding down in regulation, although it was Buddy Hield who hesitated on an open three at the top of the key that helped seal it for the Warriors. Still, it was an encouraging performance for Bagley as he continues to impress here in his rookie campaign.